• Map of Alaska
  • Totem Poles
  • The Riverboat Discovery III
  • Gold Panning
  • Tundra Wilderness Park
  • The Glaciers of Alaska
  • The Alaska Pipeline System
  • The Alaska Railroad
  • White Pass & Yukon Route
  • Our Cruise Route & Ports of Call
  • The City of Skagway
  • The City of Juneau
  • The City of Ketchikan

    Other Places Visited Right
    After The Alaska Tour & Cruise

  • Vancouver City Tour
  • Vancouver's Chinatown
  • Butchart Gardens, B.C.
  • Victoria, B.C.
  • Whistler, B.C.
  • Capilano Bridge, B.C.
  • Grouse Mountain, B.C.
  • Portland's Rose Garden
  • Oregon's Multnomah Falls

    The Travelers
  • Juny & Nena La Putt

  • Alaska is a state in the United States of America, in the northwest of the North American continent. It is the largest U.S. state by area and one of the wealthiest and most racially diverse. America's 49th state is so broad, so unpeopled, and so roadless that small airplanes are more common than taxi cabs in other states. There are more private pilots than truck drivers and cabbies combined.

    It is a state where men outnumber women. The population numbers just under 650,000, almost half of whom live in one city, Anchorage. Nearly the entire state is raw, wondrous wilderness. The State of Alaska is now known as "The Last Frontier" or "The Land of the Midnight Sun" but before that it was known as "The Land of a Thousand Smokes" due to volcanoes and earthquake activity. But it is a huge state, with room for a wide variety of landscape, from small waterfalls to huge mountains, flat treeless tundra, hot springs, glaciers, and a variety of animals and birds in the wild.

    The name "Alaska" is derived from the Aleut alaxsxaq, meaning "the mainland," or more literally, "the object towards which the action of the sea is directed." It is also known as Alyeska, the "great land", an Aleut word derived from the same root. The state has lush rain-drenched forests and fragile windswept tundras. There are lofty mountains, still-active volcanoes, and spectacular glaciers, as well as numerous lakes and endless swamps.

    Alaska is one of two U.S. states not bordered by another state, Hawaii being the other. Alaska has more coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. It is the only non-contiguous U.S. state on continental North America; about 500 miles (800 km) of Canadian territory separate Alaska from Washington State. Alaska is thus an exclave of the United States, part of the continental U.S. but is not part of the contiguous U.S. Alaska's capital city, though located on the mainland of the North American continent, is inaccessible by land — no roads connect Juneau to the rest of the North American highway system.

    The state is bordered by Yukon Territory and British Columbia, Canada, to the east, the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Bering Sea, Bering Strait, and Chukchi Sea to the west and the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean to the north. Alaska is the largest state in the United States in land area at 570,380 square miles (1,477,277 km˛), more than twice as large as Texas, the next largest state. It is larger than all but 18 sovereign nations.

    This Website is a narrative account by Juny P. La Putt of what he and his wife Nena visited and saw during their 5-day land tour (June 4 thru 9, 2008) of Alaska and the 7-day cruise (June 9 thru 14, 2008) they took on board the Island Princess from Whittier, Alaska down to Vancouver, British Columbia. Numerous photographs accompany each topic listed and are presented by way of a slideshow. During their cruise they had stops at the following ports of call: Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan which are featured in this Website. Also included are the other places visited by Juny & Nena in British Columbia and Oregon right after their Alaska Tour & Cruise.