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The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

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?

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