There’s a special mystique to Alaska, and the name conjures up notions of adventure, raw natural beauty, glaciers, mountains and seas, facinating wildlife, a unique cultural heritage, and independent, pioneering people.
Russian explorers had established themselves in southern Alaska by 1784, but English explorer Captain James Cook is credited with first exploring and describing the Anchorage area in 1778 during his third voyage of discovery.
During the next hundred years Russian trading activity and cultural influence increased. Then in 1867 problems at home forced the sale of Russian America to the United States for a sum of $7,200,000.
Location: Alaska is the northernmost state of the United States, located on the northern edge of the Pacific Ocean. Alaska is bordered by the province of British Columbia and Yukon Territory in Canada, and the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.
Anchorage sits at the base of the Chugach Mountains, in one of the world’s most spectacular settings – an attractive and exotic tourist destination. Tourism and recreational activities are the mainstay of the Anchorage’s economy.
The capital of Alaska, Juneau has seen gold propectors of the past replaced by a flood of annual tourists, many of them cruise-ship passengers arriving during the summer. Juneau was established as Alaska’s capital in 1906 when the government was transferred from Sitka.
A popular destination along Alaska’s famed Inside Passage, Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s First City, and is the first Alaska port of call for northbound cruise ships.
Prince William Sound
Prince William Sound is a beautiful complex of deep, glacially-carved fjords on the north Gulf of Alaska. Enclosed by high mountains and glaciers, and protected from the high seas by barrier islands, the area is a boater’s paradise.
Considered Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town, the historic and scenic community of Sitka is situated on Baranof Island, nestled between forested mountains and the great Pacific Ocean, on the outer waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage.
At the head of a splendid fjord rippled with waterfalls is Skagway, Gateway to the Klondike, considered the northern most point in Southeast Alaska, and geographically the largest city in Alaska.
Established during the Second World War as a military supply port, Whittier is located on the west side of Prince William Sound in south central Alaska, southeast of Anchorage.
Wrangell is the third oldest community in Alaska, the second oldest in Southeast Alaska, and the only community to be governed by 4 nations under 3 flags; the Tlingit Nation, Russia, Britain and American.