Arrive in Juneau, Alaska's state capital, where we'll be staying in a hotel downtown. Juneau exudes frontier spirt with plenty of small town Explore this historic Alaskan city on your own before a pre-trip meeting with your guide and dinner this evening.
Juneau boasts one of the most extensive networks of hiking trails in all of Alaska. Today we hike the trails of our country's largest national forest, the Tongass. We will experience the power and the beauty of the northwest temperate rain forest.
After a day of exploring the Tongass, we will transfer on small charter planes to the bush town of Gustavus, Alaska.
After an early breakfast, we board a high-speed catamaran boat with a park ranger, who will educate us about the geological wonders of the area. This all-day tour takes us to the farthest reaches of this spectacular park making stops for wildlife viewing along the way.
Lunch is served aboard the catamaran. We’ll return to our lodge for another relaxing evening and a great dinner.
Today, we'll go to see the humpback whales at Point Adolphus by boat. Point Adolphus is the best place in all the North Pacific to have a chance to observe the endangered humpback whale. Every summer these giant creatures swim from Hawaii all the way across the ocean to feed on the rich marine resources at this specific spot.
The protected north shore of Chichagof Island is a paradise for marine mammals and bald eagles. Special conditions in the ocean currents make this one of Alaska's hottest wildlife zones. Travelling by boat this day gives us the flexibility to find where the wildlife is congregating and to observe them from the deck of a vessel.
Aside from the rich Native American heritage, Wrangell is also close to Anan Bear Observatory. This is the primary reason we visit this out-of-the-way small Alaskan town. Anan Bear Observatory is one of the best places anywhere to watch bears. A very large run of Humpback salmon draws bears from many miles away to feed at this spot. It is very unusual to take in both Brown Bears (a.k.a. Grizzlies) and Black Bears in the same sweep of the eye. This is one of a few place this is possible.
Fly to Juneau and hike into the alpine meadows above the tree line. Life Zones are compressed in Alaska. There are no more trees above 2500'. From the charming downtown Juneau, we hop aboard a tram that is operated by a Native American corporation and ride into the mountains.
We start our walk at the border of the trees and the alpine and soon we are in fields of wildflowers, above the fjords, and close to the tops of the mountains. You may even get to play in some snow. Aside from being the best place to look for different species of wildflowers this habitat is also home to many bird species and the elusive Hoary Marmot. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner and spend one last night in Alaska's Capital city.
Today you are free to depart from Juneau at any time