Cruise to Alaska and West Coast Parks
During this tour, you’ll have seventeen days to enjoy exploring Alaska and its surrounding areas from a unique point of view: the ocean. You will set out on a magnificent cruise for this destination that also includes a visit to many West Coast Parks. Depart from Seattle to the ice of Glacier Bay, and on your return continue to Oregon and California. During this journey you will view many wonders of nature, including some of the largest trees in the world. Most visitors are especially enchanted especially by the Inside Passage of Alaska, with its fjords inhabited by wildlife and its islands dense with lush vegetation. As you cruise along ,you can spot collared eagles, sea lions, whales and porpoises. This is the area of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsmishian Natives, with their famous traditional totem poles. This tour goes between the icebergs of Glacier Bay and the forests of Tongass National Park, the largest in North America.
The second part of the itinerary reaches the USA territory among incredible trees, such as sequoia, fir, maple and alder. Many of these trees, along with being particularly old, are some of the tallest in the world. They remain protected within national parks in the States of Oregon and California. During the tour, you will see the huge spruce trees of the Ecola State Park, the Douglas fir trees of the Tillamouk State Forest and Siuslaw National Forest, and the tallest pine in the world at Rogue River National Forest in Oregon. In California, the great sequoia – also among the tallest trees on the planet – line the parks of the North, with the famous “General Sherman” and “General Grant” in the Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in the South. These magnificent species live between 2,300 and 2,700 years old!
The area is also known to be grizzly bear territory, along with gray whales, blue whales, humpbacks, deer, gray wolves and sea otters. The parks and reserves of Santa Cruz Mountains, to the south of San Francisco, are populated by jays, hawks, peaks, owls, salamanders, millipedes, newts, raccoons, deer, squirrels, skunks, rabbits, opossum, wild pigs, coyotes, lynx and mountain lions. Another beautiful stop is the Kings Canyon National Park, where most of the species are rare and wildlife sightings are practically guaranteed.