9 Beautiful Reasons to Take an Inside Passage Cruise

Alaska may be “The Last Frontier,” but it doesn’t have to be your last frontier.

This far-north state is huge, sparsely populated, and not the most hospitable in the winter months, but seeing its best and most beautiful attractions has never been easier with the rising popularity of summer cruises through the famed Inside Passage.

There are hundreds of reasons to visit Alaska, but here are 9 especially beautiful reasons we think you should take an Inside Passage Cruise this summer:

1. You can wake up each morning to a view like this, near Juneau, Alaska

Trover photo by David M. Simpson

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Pacific Northwest Weekend Getaways for You

The Pacific Northwest is a collections of bests: best camping, best views, best regional food, best music scene, best cafes… We could go on. A typical day could be waking up in your tent to a gorgeous sunrise in the Olympic National Park, taking a ferry ride through Elliot Bay, walking around a Pike Place market and then settling down to a delicious dinner with a glass of Northwest wine. All of this makes this beautiful, green, aqueous, and mountainous region one of the most popular and unique destinations in the world. We have rounded up some of the best places to visit for you to consider for your next weekend away. Let us know what you discover over at Trover.com.

San Juan Islands

With over 700 islands, the San Juans offer gorgeous views, beaches, and whale watching.

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Photo by Monica Ewing.

Seattle

The largest city in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle retains its small town feel with its many charming neighborhoods.

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Photo by our very own Matt Hudgins.

Portland

Famous for being off the beaten path and slightly eccentric, Portland also has a sophisticated food and brewery scene.

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Photo by Julio Gleske.

Mt. Ranier

One of a chain of volcanoes up and down the Pacific Northwest, this iconic mountain practically floats above the Seattle skyline.

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Photo by Martha Tolentino.

Vancouver

Bike around Stanley Park, enjoy a bustling water front, or seek out a myriad of different cuisines. Vancouver is Seattle’s worldly cousin.

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Photo by Backpacking Bella.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Enjoy the reflections on the pristine waters of the deepest lake in the United States.

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Photo by Suzannah Maree Photography.

Victoria, Vancouver Island

A charming town with an English flavor, Victoria offers high tea, Butchart Gardens and a fabulous Royal British Columbia Museum.

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Photo by Chasing Adventure.

Cannon Beach, Oregon Coast

Walk golden sand beaches and enjoy the majestic sea stacks that loom on the horizon.

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Photo by Paige Spee.

Mt. St. Helens

After the 1980 eruption that blew the entire top of this volcano to smithereens, life is making a comeback on the slopes of Mt. St. Helens. The Visitor Center offers an excellent overview.

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Photo by Gavin Burns.

Olympic National Park

Home of Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh Rain Forest, there are many trails to explore in this beautiful park for all ability levels.

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Photo by Clint & Jamie Preisendorfer.

Mt. Hood

The tallest point in Oregon, visit the National Historic Landmark Timberline Lodge for an overnight stay.

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Photo by Annemarie Vivolo.

Columbia River Gorge

Famous for its views and its excellent windsurfing, visitors can also enjoy amazing views, outstanding food, and  wonderful music.

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Photo by Melissa G.

Still itching for more Weekend Away ideas? Find them here. Head on over to Trover.com for more inspiration!