Alaska is a beautiful region that most have never been to in their lives. A cruise to Alaska will open your eyes to the wonders that are kept hidden from city dwellers. Some may say that the only things to be seen in this northern region are ice, lakes, rivers, and bears. But there is so much more to discover.
Far up north, from late September to March, you may see the glorious Northern Lights in Fairbanks. In the Alaskan Panhandle, you get to experience two-hour sunsets that make for a lovely image of the Alaskan horizon. A little out of the way, Denali National Park offers some of the most vivid views of nature and is worth the trip if you are on a repositioning Alaskan cruise.
But how exactly do you get from the mainland United States to Alaska? The simple answer is taking a cruise from Seattle. Seattle is a seaport city and it has many cruises coming and going. There are many places worth exploring, so make sure to budget your vacation time wisely when you plan on going on an Alaskan cruise. Whether you going to Alaska or coming back home from the cruise, be sure to give the Pacific Northwest a couple of days in your itinerary. Here are three must-see Pacific Northwest things to do whether you’re a solo traveler or with your entire family.
British Columbia: Hot Springs Cove
For Canadian travelers passing through the Western province of Canada, dedicating some time to visit British Columbia is a must. Forget about whale-watching in Tofino—you’ll see that in Alaska—head straight to Hot Springs Cove where you’ll find the 6,600-acre Maquinna Marine Provincial Park. Spend a night at or near the parkland, and don’t forget to pack the essentials because you’ll be hiking through the rainforest in the morning to get to the six hot spring pools. These pools come from a 10-foot waterfall, and with temperatures up to 104 degrees, they will no doubt offer a relaxing treat to soothe your tired muscles.
Oregon: Crater Lake National Park
Just because you are off to Alaska where there is no shortage of beautiful bodies of water doesn’t mean you should skip Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. This breathtaking site is home to the deepest lake in the country that reaches depths of 1,943 feet. The clear sapphire water reflects the mountainous peaks that surround the lake and is the perfect spot for some quiet time and contemplation.
Seattle: Pike Place Market
It isn’t a trip to Seattle until you feel the drizzle on your face and you’re greeted by the Pacific Ocean breeze. If you visit the Emerald City in spring, you can enjoy the sight of falling cherry blossoms. While Seattle is a city of both modern and historical accomplishments, progressive musical offerings, and some of the best selections of coffee and wine, there is one place that represents the heart of Seattle that will appeal to all people: The Pike Place Market. Don’t miss the place to be when you want to explore and eat at the same time.
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