The Inside Passage is a coastal route for oceangoing vessels along a network of passages which weave through the islands on the Pacific coast of North America. The route extends from southeastern Alaska, through western British Columbia, to northwestern Washington state. Ships using the route can avoid some of the bad weather in the open ocean and may visit some of the many isolated communities along the route. The term „Inside Passage“ is also often used to refer to the ocean and islands around the passage itself. The Inside Passage is also sometimes referred to as the „Inland Passage“ which is in turn a reference to early explorers‘ quests to locate the Northwest Passage between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean.
The City and Borough of Juneau is the capital city of Alaska. It is a unified municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan panhandle and is the 2nd largest city in the United States by area. It has been the capital of Alaska since 1906. Downtown Juneau is nestled at the base of Mount Juneau and across the channel from Douglas Island.
Ketchikan is the southeasternmost city in Alaska. It is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. Ketchikan’s economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the „Salmon Capital of the World.“ Ketchikan has the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles, found throughout the city and at four major locations: Saxman Totem Park, Totem Bight State Park, Potlatch Park, and the Totem Heritage Center.