Katchikan - Call Yellow Taxi @ 907-255-5555 and hire a mini van. Ask for Lonnie. Share the taxi for the day for about $25 each ($150 total). He will take you everywhere and tell you about working every job from fishing, truck driving and growing up in Alaska. Totem Bight is great and free. Listen to the park rangers tell about communal family living in the lodge. Lonnie will take you on a tour of every road in town. Other than at Totem Bight you ride and stay dry in the wettest place in North America. Buy a poncho at Walmart if needed. You are in America.
Juneau - rent a car from Juneau Car Rental 866-957-7530. Thes that waye rate for a Dodge Neon is still $51.75 per day including full liability and damage waiver. Get off the boat and walk an easy mile up Franklin to their office. It's the second road from the last shopping area on that side of town. Franklin is the only road that go way.
First drive to Sheep Creek 3 miles the same way up Franklin. Park on both sides before crossing the bridge. On the left an entrance to a Gold mine air shaft is right beside a neat waterfall and under a massive tree. On the right (ocean) side walk down to the creek that runs under the bridge. I caught a spanning salmon by hand there at low tide.
Go to Mendenhall Glacier and be amaized by it's size and the waterfall just right of the glacier. If you are lucky you might see ice bergs being calved. You will see some in the water anyway. The trail behind the visitors center is very difficult. You don't see much from the trail.
You pass Walmart going to and from Mendenhall Glacier. Juneau is tiny compared to any other State Capitol. You can't get lost. The city is only four or five blocks wide. Drive around. Follow any road away from the ocean side anywhere you see a creek passing under the road. There are some neat, tiny parks by streams that come out of the mountain. Waterfalls can be seen high up in some parks.
One bridge crosses the salt water where the ship parks. Cross it and go right to the first
road left into the subdivision. Go to the top road and look at your ship. Great pictures! The houses with flowers are wonderful too. Drive to the end of the road the other way past the bridge. It's only about 10 miles. Park and look for a double wood board path. It goes about a mile to the outer banks of the peninsula. It looks like the coast of Maine. You walk through a rain forest. The trail is below the level of the road so you don't see it until you look down on it from the edge of the road.
Skagway - Drive to Emerald Lake past Car Cross (67 miles). You go much further than the train along the famous pass to the gold fields. You pass country that looks like the Alps with lakes gold miners crossed in everything from rafts to crude boats. Rent a car from Sourdough Car Rental at 350 6th St Skagway, AK 99840 (907) 983-2523. Or Avis 907-983-2247.
Car Cross was called Caribou Crossing years ago. Stop at the bakery in Car Cross and have a snack. The train costs $115 per person. You may see nothing but fog. If it's raining at the boat it may be clear high up in the mountains. A rental car is a much better deal and you can share it with two couples. Rental car offices are down town. It's a 10 minute walk or take a $3 city bus beside the ship.