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Seattle, Washington
The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is known for its stunning waterfront. "Catch" a salmon at Pike Place Market, ride to the top of the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew in funky Fremont, or down a cup of java in the coffee capital of the world.



Juneau, Alaska
For years Juneau's livelihood, like that of many cities in Alaska, was tied to mining. The city itself is built on tailings from the A-J mine whose shafts perforate the hillside above town. Because it is Alaska's capital, Juneau prospers through government work and tourism. This is a great place to sample salmon baked over an alderwood fire, pan for gold, and hike the massive Juneau Icefield. If you feel the need for speed, hop on a sled and let a dog team pull you across the surface of a glacier.



Glacier Bay Scenic Cruising
Cloistered in the rocky recesses of Alaska, Glacier Bay is a world still emerging from the Ice Age. Sixteen dazzling tidewater glaciers creep back and forth by millimeters, chiseling great masses of moraine onto their pristine surfaces.



Sitka, Alaska
Bald eagles perch in the spruce and cedar trees of Sitka—often several to a branch. Views of island-studded waters, stately spruce forests, jagged mountains and towering volcanoes surround Alaska's most beautiful seaside town. Nestled amongst Sitka's unparalleled natural splendor, Sitka boasts twenty-four attractions listed on the National Register of Historic Places, seven of which are National Historic Landmarks. View holy paintings of the Czarist days, visit recuperating eagles at the rehabilitation center and hear the amazing story of the Cathedral fire and Sitka's mad flurry to save the church's icons and religious treasures.



Ketchikan, Alaska
In the heart of the Tongass National Forest, immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture and view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront and stroll the boardwalk that once led to Ketchikan's red light district. Explore the nation's second-largest wilderness area, Misty Fjords National Monument, encompassing more than two million acres of sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, crystalline lakes and low-hanging mists.



Victoria, B.C.
Victoria is Western Canada's oldest city. The City began in 1843 as a Hudson Bay Company trading post, named in honor of Queen Victoria. With the Fraser Valley gold rush in 1858, Victoria grew rapidly as the main port of entry to the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Walk over to the breathtaking Museum of Natural History or stroll through the charming downtown that lives up to its British-flavored name with double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens and delicate china. A coach-ride away, the Butchart Garden earns every superlative of its impeccable reputation for glorious blooms and redolent scents.



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