Southeast Alaska Photos

southeast alaska photos

Southeast Alaska photo gallery

Southeast Alaska is famous for its tremendously lush forested island and inland water passages that weave through the great panhandle. Many of the towns in this area are accessed by plane or ferry as no commercial roads will take you there. Many of the towns have become popular destinations for tourists aboard large cruise ships that make stops along their journey north.

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Skagway

Skagway Alaska, Golden North Hotel, in historic gold rush town of Skagway, Alaska, end of Alaska's inside passage Lynn Canal. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Skagway Alaska, Golden North Hotel, in historic gold rush town of Skagway, Alaska, end of Alaska’s inside passage Lynn Canal. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Skagway, located at the end of the Lynn Canal, used to be Alaska’s largest city in 1989, with a population of 10,000 people. Today, about 800 people make up the population which booms in the summer months due to the popularity of the historic city as a cruise ship tourist destination. The town is accessible by road and railway, specifically the Historic White Pass and Yukon Route narrow gauge iron trail which was born of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush and built through some of the North’s most ruggedly beautiful terrain. Refurbished train cars take passengers along the original route of the hopeful gold rush stampeders of 1898.

Haines

Coastal town of Haines, Alaska, at the end of the Lynn Canal, inside passage. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Coastal town of Haines, Alaska, at the end of the Lynn Canal, inside passage. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Haines is located on the shores of the Lynn Canal between Juneau and Skagway, on the northerly portion of the Alaska panhandle. It is one of the few southeast communities accessible via road. The town is flanked by the majestic Chilkat mountains. Attractions include wildlife, outdoor adventure, fishing, hunting, the American Bald Eagle Foundation, and native culture.

Juneau

Clouds over the Coast mountains and the Mendenhall glacier, fireweed in full bloom in Brotherhood Park, Juneau, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Clouds over the Coast mountains and the Mendenhall glacier, fireweed in full bloom in Brotherhood Park, Juneau, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Juneau is Located on the Gastineau Channel on the Alexander Archipelago. It has been the capital of Alaska since 1906, when the government of the then-Alaska Territory was moved from Sitka. Juneau is only accessible by sea or air, with no road access. It sits at sea level flanked by steep mountains and glaciers, including the Mendenhall Glacier.

Sitka

Aerial of downtown Sitka, overlooking Sitka Sound and the O'Connell bridge that joins Baranof Island with Japonski island, Southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Aerial of downtown Sitka, overlooking Sitka Sound and the O’Connell bridge that joins Baranof Island with Japonski island, Southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Situated on the west side of Baranof Island, Sitka is flanked on the east by snow-capped mountains and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Sitka National Historic Park preserves and interprets the site of a Tlingit Indian Fort and the battle fought between the Russians and the Tlingits in 1804. Sitka is also center to commercial fishing including the Sac Roe Herring fishery. See my Sitka photos page for more information.

Ketchikan

Cruise ship in Tongass Narrows and the town of Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. Ketchikan International Airport (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Cruise ship in Tongass Narrows and the town of Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. Ketchikan International Airport (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ketchikan, known as the Salmon capital of the world is situated five hundred miles north of Seattle. It is Alaska’s “first city,” and serves as the first port of call for many cruise ships visiting the state. The population of Ketchikan is approximately 8,000 people. Tourism and fishing are the main industries in the city. Many visitors enjoy the historic downtown Ketchikan area and view totem poles in a variety of locations including Totem Bight, and Saxman Village. Please visit my Ketchikan photos page for more information.