At Thousand Trails, we know you love adventure. So, why not take your adventure to the sea? Cruises aren’t just for beach lovers looking to visit warm places with blue waters and soft sandy beaches (though, we also think that’s a fantastic option!) Below are just some of the many excursion destinations that set sail from places like Seattle and Vancouver, and go north through the Inside Passage. The Inside Passage is nothing but unlimited views of snowcapped mountains, glaciers, and marine wildlife. So, if you’ve been hanging out all winter in Florida or Southern California, a cruise through the Inside Passage is a great way to switch up how you spend your vacation time. Whether it’s a 100,000 ton cruise ship, or an eight person yacht, there are memories to be made and adventures to be had on these unique cruising excursions!
Ever wondered what our world looked like during the Ice Age? Catch a cruise that stops in Glacier Bay National Park in British Columbia, Canada, and you’ll get a glimpse of that epic time. According to nps.gov, Glacier Bay National Park “[…] is part of one of the largest internationally protected Biosphere Reserves in the world, and it is recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.” Protected Biosphere Reserves are basically land, water, and coastal ecosystems that have unusual scientific and natural interest. Researchers from countries around the world come to Glacier Bay to understand how its ecosystems can affect the region and the world. Not only is Glacier Bay of particular interest to scientists, this national park has breathtaking scenery. Most ships will turn 360 degrees while stopped in Glacier Bay, so passengers will feel fully immersed in this area’s vast beauty. To get here, however, your ship will pass through The Inside Passage, which has been a safe passage to cruisers for over a century. While passing through, some cruise guests are taken to the Great Bear Rainforest, part of the largest coastal temperate rainforest on Earth. Here, you can hike trails with the hopes of spotting grizzly bears.
Another wonder of the Inside Passage is the Hubbard Glacier. This 76 mile-long glacier plunges 1,200 feet into the depths of the water, and it’s an astounding 40 stories high above water. The sheer mass of the Hubbard Glacier is enough to make anyone feel like a tiny speck in the universe, but a speck with amazing photos of their awesome cruise experience, that is! According to NASA’s website, the Hubbard Glacier has been thickening (the opposite of most gradually thinning glaciers) and moving towards Disenchantment Bay since scientists first started to measure the glacier in 1895. The Hubbard Glacier, though an interesting place for scientists and researchers to study, is a site that you must see to believe!
After seeing the Hubbard Glacier, you wouldn’t believe there’s more…but there’s more! Skagway, AK located on the Alaskan panhandle, is another popular destination for cruises heading up north. The Skagway was one of the many places people flocked to during the gold rush. Today, while much less populated than it once was, The Skagway attracts many visitors who come through the Inside Passage. Here, you can learn all about gold rush history, hike Klondike Summit, or even meet professional dog sledders and their beloved canines. Cruises that pass through Inside Passage truly take you on a trip rich with history and beauty.
The Thousand Trails and Encore campgrounds within close proximity to ports in Seattle and Vancouver with cruise ships to take you through The Inside Passage are: Birch Bay RV Campground, Cultus Lake RV Campground, Tall Chief RV & Camping Resort, and Thunderbird RV & Camping Resort.
Where’s your favorite place to cruise? Have you been cruising through The Inside Passage? Tell us in the comments!