Vancouver is a lively, contemporary metropolis set amid stunning natural beauty. Check out the panoramic views from atop Harbour Centre Tower or ride the gondola up Grouse Mountain for a different perspective. Walk around Stanley Park, an urban rainforest at the edge of the Pacific. Or grab a water taxi to nearby Granville Island to experience one of the best Public Markets in North America. Nestled on the hilly shoreline of the Tongass Narrows, colorful Ketchikan bills itself as “Alaska’s First City” and the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Venture beyond the shops to Saxman Native Village, where the Camp Fox Dancers perform in full regalia. Check out the exceptional totem pole collection, as well as the carving shed where new totems are skilfully shaped by hand. The dramatic landscape of Misty Fjords National Monument remains largely unchanged from when George Vancouver sailed through the Behm Canal in 1793. Waterfalls cascade down vertical cliffs rising from emerald inlets and bays. Bald eagles, sea lions, river otters, orcas, mountain goats, moose, wolves and wolverines abound. Crystalline lakes shimmer amid impenetrable forests of cedar and spruce. Equally proud of its Scandinavian and Alaskan heritage, Petersburg is known as “Little Norway” to many. Wander the wooden walkways above Hammer Slough. Relax and watch the harbor. Peruse the small shops along Sing Lee Alley. Catch a glimpse of any of the hundreds of humpback whales that feed near here each year. Tracy Arm, considered by many to be Alaska’s most spectacular fjord, has been a designated wilderness area since 1980. Surrounded by sheer rock walls and steep, pine-covered hillsides leading to snow-capped mountains, Tracy Arm is decorated with plunging waterfalls and huge chunks of glacial ice. Sharp-eyed visitors may spot bears, eagles, seals and the occasional mountain goat. Known for its bald eagles, the town of Haines is centered around Fort Seward, a collection of handsome white buildings surrounding a large parade ground; at its center, a Tlingit clan house. Stop by the Tsirku Canning Co. or the tiny Hammer Museum, which exhbits an 800-year-old Tlingit mallet discovered while digging the museum's foundation. The commercialization found in other Alaskan ports is blessedly missing in Icy Strait Point. Shops feature locally made crafts, jams, and jellies. Take a selfguided nature walk, go on a guided wilderness excursion, try flightseeing over Glacier Bay, or ride the world’s longest Zip Line. Whales are often sighted in the strait, even from shore. The World will be the only ship in port today. Anchorage boasts no less than six mountain ranges within view — you can even see majestic Mt. McKinley/Denali on clear days. Chugach State Park lies largely within the city boundaries. Among the 52 species of mammals found here are black and brown bears, moose and Dahl sheep. The salmon fishing is great under a freeway overpass alongside Sheep Creek, in the heart of downtown.
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