Alaska Trip: Juneau Mendenhall Glacier

After our day in Haines, our next port was Alaska’s capital: Juneau. A few facts about Juneau: It is located on Alaska’s “panhandle,” running along the west edge of Canada Its population is 32,000 — not a lot for a state capital You can reach Juneau only by boat or plane Its name comes from […]

Alaska Trip: Haines

Post contains affiliate links at no cost to you —   After our day at sea cruising Glacier Bay, we stopped at port at the small town of Haines. You may not have heard of Haines (I had not), because it’s not a major port. Most cruise ships in the area stop instead at the […]

Alaska Trip: Cruising Glacier Bay

Cruising Glacier Bay Our cruise included two types of days: those when we stopped at ports, and those when we stayed on the ship, just … cruising. I have to say that, although I enjoy exploring new cities and towns, there was always a feeling of happiness when a cruising day happened. It was sort […]

Holland America Zaandam: Alaska Cruise

To recap the earlier Alaska trip posts: We landed in Anchorage and traveled up to Denali National Park. Then, we took a bus down to Seward where we boarded our cruise ship. I’d only been on one cruise previously, a Norwegian Pride of America cruise of Hawaii. This time, we traveled on Holland America on […]

Alaska Trip: Denali National Park

After our long ride on the McKinley Explorer, we arrived at our destination: Denali National Park. Several hotels were situated just outside the park, all seemingly owned and operated by cruise companies. Here’s our Holland America-owned McKinley Chalet (Princess Cruise’s resort was just next door). The whole place looked very cabin-y, lodge-y. I liked it. […]

Alaska Trip: Train Ride to Denali

So, our Alaska trip had taken us on a flight to Anchorage. Our next event was a train ride from Anchorage to Denali National Park. Normally, I would skip my travelogue to the park itself. But this train ride was an event in itself: hours long, and passing such stunning scenery that I thought you […]

Alaska Trip: Anchorage Museum

*Thanks to Anchorage Museum for admission and for featured photo (and others as indicated). We spent a few hours of our day in Anchorage at the Anchorage Museum. The museum featured 5 stories of exhibits. Here are some quick facts about the museum: The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska. It’s one of […]

Alaska Trip: Anchorage

We just returned from an 11-day trip to Alaska — quite an undertaking, both the travel itself, and going 11 days without internet access! We flew into Anchorage. Anchorage Airport I guess I got ahead of myself a little. It was fun to see Alaska take shape from the air … Once we arrived, the […]