Alaska is the largest state in the United States by area, while also the least densely populated. Situated in the northwest extremity of North America, it has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. The port towns of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan are extremely important to the state as cruise tourism brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to Alaska each year. Juneau is Alaska’s capital, is only accessible by air or sea and is the main port for the Alaska Marine highway. Skagway is the northernmost port on the Inside Passage and still has a historical district of about 100 buildings from the gold rush era. Ketchikan is known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and has the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles. Alaska is also home to the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad built in 1898 born of the Klondike Gold Rush. Wells Gray Tours will be visiting these cities and experiencing the railroad on our 40th Anniversary Celebration Cruise to Alaska departing May 2012.