12,978 people visited Alaskan Panhandle and the Inside Passage
Visitors to Alaska frequently fly or cruise to her expansive northern borders, but if you ever get a chance to drive up the Alaskan Highway along the Inside Passage from the Puget Sound in Washington to Alaska, don’t miss it. This scenic drive proceeds through British Colombia into the Alaskan Panhandle. The Tongass National Forest, which happens to be America’s largest national park, encompasses a large portion of this land of islands and hills. In fact, the hundreds of islands that run up along this coastal area provide safe passage for fishing vessels going from Seattle to Alaska. Instead of sailing in open water, the captains steer for the protection of the islands, and zigzag their way safely up north. With a population of a little over 70,000 (45% of which live in Juneau) this rugged and scenic terrain is great for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers alike. The climate in this coastal region is relatively mild, listed as a temperate rainforest like much of the Pacific Northwest coast. This means lots of evergreen trees and rain, which creates in Alaska’s panhandle arguably the world’s most scenic environments. Visit south eastern Alaska and find out that what isn’t perennially frozen in Alaska can in fact be quite lush, green, and full of life.