Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Beaver Lake–Herring Cove Loop
Up for a moderately vigorous workout? You'll see mountain vistas and three waterfalls on this 3.6-mile hike, where trails weave around boulders, into groves of spruces and yellow cedars, and through a narrow rock passageway.
If Alaska is an angler's paradise, Sitka is its salmon capital: the area has the saltwater sport's highest king-salmon catch rate. Charter a boat on the Pacific or go fly-fishing with an outfitter in one of Sitka's rivers, where trout and char are known to bite.
Sitka Sound Science Center
Drawing on the area's fishing and maritime history, this research and education center explores the Gulf of Alaska's aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Stop by the aquarium to see brightly colored sea stars and the elusive wolf eel; the space also houses a complete killer-whale skeleton.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.