Skagway or Sitka?
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Still - give me Sitka every time. Having been there 4 times, we just find it lovely, very unspoiled. The sail in thru the island studded harbor is drop dead gorgeous! We have gone kayaking there, taken two different marine wildlife searches there (highly recommend Capt. Davey @ www.puffinsandwhales.com) saw our first gray whale there, have done the 4X4 excursion there (that was a hoot - booked thru HAL) and have also gone sea kayaking (amazing scenery, great seeing the pastel colored starfish and the dinnerplate sized jellyfish - literally thousands of them!). We like walking along the water to the Totem Park and then walking thru the rainforest to the Raptor Center.
You've got a tough choice to make - read up on both ports and try to narrow down the what interests you most - then you'll have your decision.
I'd pick Sitka every time but have been to Alaska a number of times, and am prepared to take the chance that we may or may not actually GET to Sitka.
Thanks for the advice Assateague Island Princes and CowPrincess.
Whichever you choose, I don't think you could go wrong, and you could find plenty of interest at either port. If you DO choose Sitka, I'm hoping the God's of cruising smile fondly on you and you make it to port. Be sure to be up and out on deck for the almost magical sail in there. All four times, we've seen whales on the sail in and sail out of port.
(AIP, we've cancelled our AK cruise this year, sigh..... and I can't see any way that I can afford it solo so no Alaska for moi this year. I hope your land trip is FABULOUS )
Satchiesmom, I think it is a good gamble to try for Sitka.
Both clearly are very worthwhile, but I would never claim either "better" than the other, they are different. Find out more details about each and look over the slections of touring options. Make lists and use your "single" day best for your priorities.
Skagway was founded in response to the Klondike gold rush and is a much smaller community than Sitka. I remember what Skagway was like in the mid-1980s, and find it very touristy now.
Sitka was founded in 1804 and is a much larger community than Skagway. It has a strong Russian history, and you also feel the Tlingit cultural presence. I love the Cathedral of St. Michael and the Russian Bishops House. I also love the Sitka National Historic Park, which is frequently referred to as the Totem Pole Park. The Sheldon Jackson Museum is part of the Alaska Museum, and is also wonderful. Sitka is also a very "arty" town, with galleries (versus the souvenir shops of Skagway).
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For me hands down Skagway...
Thanks for all of the great advice everyone. We have chosen to go with HAL to Sitka, it just looks more like my kind of place. Also HAL has more spacious cabins (there will be 3 of us) for less money so it works better all around. Now we just have to wait for the 2014 dates to come out.HAL's 2014 Alaska dates are now available for booking!
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