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Old 10-04-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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Will be coming up on the end of April/early May on the Ferry - have 3 stops before Whittier. Ketichikan, Juneau & Yakutat. About 3 hours or so in each. What should I see while I am there? Any special restaurants, stores, etc. that I should spend my money?

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Old 10-04-2012, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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The Juneau ferry terminal is at Auke Bay, about 13 miles from downtown. There's not much out at the ferry terminal.
You could grab a taxi and and explore the Mendenhall Glacier. Mendenhall Glacier - Juneau - Reviews of Mendenhall Glacier - TripAdvisor
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Homer ak.
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You might have enough time in Yakutat to go to cannon beach.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I think I'd just enjoy the scenery as you come up. Assuming you're departing from Bellingham, you'll be arriving early in the morning at each stop. About your only choice is to take a taxi tour and most shops will be closed that early. I would make a stop to a grocery store in Ketchikan to stock up on food snacks. There's one near the ferry terminal, an easy walk. Juneau will require a taxi for grocery shopping as the terminal is located away from town.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:02 PM
 
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Although a bit early the ferry travels through a couple of very active humpback whale feeding areas. You might want to research where those areas are and be on deck. Any seasoned crew member will be able to let you know. One of the areas is near where you will be docking just north of Auke Bay and north of Shelter Island. You are normally guaranteed sightings in this area.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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Thanks everyone for the insight! I've driven up and flown up but I've never taken the Ferry. Guess I'll just soak in the atmosphere and the opportunity to stand on solid land for a few hours!
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Homer ak.
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probably the best outlook and most of the ferry runs are quick and dirty especially if the ferry is "late" enjoy the view and take lots of pictures.
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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Will be coming up on the end of April/early May on the Ferry - have 3 stops before Whittier. Ketichikan, Juneau & Yakutat. About 3 hours or so in each. What should I see while I am there? Any special restaurants, stores, etc. that I should spend my money?

Thanks!
You're lucky; you'll be hitting it before the big ships start infesting the place.

Ketchikan is long and narrow, and it will probably be pouring down rain the entire time you're in port. If I recall -- the ferry gets in during the early morning. I'd go have breakfast and coffee at the Landing (which is right across the street from the ferry terminal) and go for a walk provided the weather isn't atrocious.

The Orcas run in spring, but you may be traveling a bit too early to see them, although I think I've seen them in early May. You'll be sure to see dolphins following along being the vessel, though.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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You're lucky; you'll be hitting it before the big ships start infesting the place.

Ketchikan is long and narrow, and it will probably be pouring down rain the entire time you're in port. If I recall -- the ferry gets in during the early morning. I'd go have breakfast and coffee at the Landing (which is right across the street from the ferry terminal) and go for a walk provided the weather isn't atrocious.

The Orcas run in spring, but you may be traveling a bit too early to see them, although I think I've seen them in early May. You'll be sure to see dolphins following along being the vessel, though.
Thanks I'll make a note to check out the Landing!
Appreciate the advice!
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Old 10-07-2012, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Depending on what leg of the ferry you're on, you may get to see the only one colony of Pink Famingos this far north. The nest on only one island in Southeast and they normally announce it on the ship's intercom to everyone so they can get pictures.

Otherwise you'll see the normal stuff like whales, bears, deer and other critters.

Enjoy the trip!
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