Expert weekly advice on your travel dilemmas, edited by Anthony Dennis. Email [email protected]choliday. com. au
Q WE’RE going to Canada next May and would like to have a ‘‘ taste of Alaska’’ for a few days. Can you suggest a plan that would give us the experience? Is it a good idea to fly to Ketchikan or Juneau and do a day trip? Or how about a local ferry from Ketchikan to Juneau with a day trip?
A There are plenty of options available to you to savour your taste of Alaska. A good place to start is www. travelalaska.com. Here, you can source travel suggestions, accommodation and sightseeing options for short breaks from Canada. Sue Jones from the Alaska Travel Industry Association advises that you can fly, or even take the ferry, from Prince Rupert to Ketchikan, known as the Gateway to Alaska. Here, you can take in the sights including a huge collection of totem poles, walks along some of the city’s historic trails, ‘‘ flightseeing’’ trips to Misty Fjords National Monument and salmon hatchery excursions. From Ketchikan take the day ferry to Juneau, Alaska’s capital. Juneau has plenty to see and do including a tour to the Mendenhall Glacier, whalewatching tours, ride the Mt Roberts Tramway for scenic views and try the mouth-watering local seafood such as king crab, halibut and salmon. Jones says: ‘‘ While in Juneau it is well worth making the trip to Glacier Bay National Park for a few nights.
ALASKAN STYLE: Historic timber buildings along Creek St in Ketchikan – wooden you like to see that?