Discover wild Alaska

10 days in Southeast Alaska: possibly the biggest summer vacation of your life

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  • Stroll downtown Juneau with Mt. Roberts looming behind it.

    Juneau

    David Fenton

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GETTING THERE

Juneau is the base for this Alaska trip ( Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau; 888/581-2201). It's served by Alaska Airlines; smaller regional airlines (including L.A.B. Flying Service and Wings of Alaska) connect to Haines and Gustavus. The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System (800/642-0066) connects Juneau and Haines. New this season: ferry service between Juneau and Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve aboard the Fairweather Express II; 888/229-8687.

Southeast Alaska is rain-forest country. June is usually one of the drier months ― with high temperatures averaging about 60° ― but you should still bring rain gear.

ADMIRALTY ISLAND

Pack Creek Managed by the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the coastal brown bear refuge can be visited by joining guided or unguided tours with transportation by boat or floatplane. Day-use permit ($50) required; www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass; 907/586-8800; contact Juneau CVB for boat- and air-tour information.

 GLACIER BAY AND GUSTAVUS

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Within the park, Glacier Bay Lodge (49 rooms from $150) has a comfortable 1970s vibe; nearby Gustavus offers B&Bs. Park information: 907/697-2230. Lodging and catamaran tours (from $160): Glacier Bay Lodge & Tours; 888/229-8687. Gustavus Visitors Association; 907/697-2454.

HAINES

Alaska Indian Arts Across from Fort Seward's Parade Ground. INFO: Closed Sat?Sun; Historic #13 at Fort Seward; 907/766-2160.

Bamboo Room Restaurant and Pioneer Bar Great halibut and chips. INFO: 11-13 Second Ave.; 907/766-2800.

Chilkat River Half-day guided raft trips ($79; Chilkat Guides; 907/766-2491) and jet-boat tours ($90; Chilkat River Adventures; 800/478-9827).


Fort William H. Seward Bed & Breakfast A nice, small inn occupies the fort's former commanding officer's house. INFO: 7 rooms from $89; 800/615-6676.

Hotel Hälsingland A trio of officers' quarters in Fort Seward is now a sprawling hotel, rustic but welcoming. Its Commander's Room Restaurant ( $$$), is one of the best places to eat in Southeast Alaska. INFO: 60 rooms from $69; 800/542-6363.

Kroschel Films Wildlife Center Guided tours (from $25) by appointment; 907/767-5464.

Wild Iris Handcrafted jewelry. INFO: 22 Tower Rd.; 907/766-2300.

JUNEAU

Fireweed House Bed & Breakfast A cozy retreat on 4 wooded acres on Douglas Island, across the channel from Juneau; superb breakfasts. INFO: 3 rooms and guest house from $199, including breakfast; 800/586-3885.

Westmark Baranof In downtown Juneau, a 1940s-era hotel with small but comfortable rooms. INFO: 196 rooms from $139; 800/544-0970.

 

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