Alaska - Ketchikan
Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo island, 90 miles north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and 235 miles south of Juneau Alaska. As part of the largest temperate rainforest in the world, Ketchikan is one of the wettest towns in SE receiving upwards of 150 inches of rain a year. Ketchikan’s economy is largely based on tourism and fishing, and is often referred to as the "salmon capitol of the world". It also houses the largest collection of standing totem poles in the world. Most of the totems are recarvings of older ones, a practice that began during the Roosevelt Administration through the Civilian Conservation Corps, however the Heritage Center does display poles from the 19th century.
Alaska - Sitka
Sitka is located on Baranoff Island, and one of the few "outer coast" communities in Southeast Alaska. Often referred to as “Sitka by the Sea”, it is one of the most beautiful and scenic towns in Southeast. While the Tlingit people originally settled in Sitka some 10,000 years ago, it wasn’t until 1799 that the Russians arrived, and made it the Capital of Russian America. As out of the way as it appears now, the settlement was once called the Paris of the Pacific, and was one of the most important west coast ports for the first half of the Nineteenth century. Sitka remains to be an important port for both commercial fisherman, Cruise ships, and many locally based charter operators. Its colorful history and blend of both Native and Russian influences give the town itself a charm unlike any other port in Southeast. Visiting yachts can benefit from a deepwater port and over a mile of transient moorage for boats up to 200ft. There is also a myriad of shoreside attractions, shopping, restaurants, and museums… most of which are all accessible on foot. The recently re-done seawalk is a great way to navigate the town and take in the stunning landscape. Like most towns in the Southeast, Sitka is only accessible by air or sea, but does have regular jet service daily in the summertime with direct flights from Seattle and to other instate cities.
Ketchikan is a convenient port of call for visiting yachts, mainly due its geographical location and the accessibility to goods and services. The location also has made it the marine and air hub for Southern SE Alaska. While being a popular cruise ship destination, many yachts visiting take advantage of the arts and culture, fine dining, access to shopping for items uniquely Alaskan, and / or to visit one of the many local sites accessible only by air. Misty Fjords National Monument being is one of the biggest attractions. As with most communities in SE, travel to and from Ketchikan is limited to air and seas, but has regular jet service in and around the state as well as direct service from the Seattle area.
Alaska - Juneau
Perhaps better known as the capital city, Juneau lies in the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan Panhandle. Like many other southeast cities, Juneau was inhabited by the Tlingit people for thousands of years before the first European settlers arrived. There is a rich history behind the city that harkens back to the late 19th century when it was put on the map on account of the discovery of gold on nearby Douglas Island. This is likely the pivotal point which brought prospectors from far flung corners of the world, to strike it rich in the mining industry. Juneau is no less important today as it is the base of operations for the State Legistlature, and also sees over one milllion visitors between the months of May and September through the cruise ship industry. The population on any summer day can increase by as much as eight thousand people as the downtown waterfront can accommodate up to five cruise ships on any given day. While there is moorage for private yachts upwards of 200ft in the downtown area, most visiting yachts choose to frequent nearby Auke Bay on the far north end of town. The channel between the downtown and Auke Bay Marina is largely un-navigable by large yachts and requires a trip around Douglas Island to get there. There is no shortage of shopping, entertainment, and of course the great outdoors to exploit during ones visit to the capital city. Visiting Yachts can also benefit from the access to many items that would be hard to source in some of the other southeast communities. Lacking a road system to the rest of the state travel to and from Juneau is limited by air and sea.