The second time was the "charm". Sandy and I had been to Southern Alaska, on a cruise a few years ago, and only saw the small port towns like Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, and Tracy Arm (the inside passage). The Inside passage is beautiful and the Ice Bergs and Glaciers are well worth seeing , but the other ports were mostly for shopping. This time we signed up for a week of land touring with the cruise included for the same price as a land tour only. We started in Fairbanks, came down to Denali National Park., and from there to Anchorage via rail. We passed through Wasila and waved to Sarah Palin. We transferred over to Whittier and boarded our Princess Cruise Ship for the the trip south to end up in Vancouver. There were a number of highlights worth honorable mention. Denali National Park has it own wild beauty and wild animals. Great tour for 6 hours by bus. We were extremely fortunate to arrive at our McKinley Princess Lodge to find Mt. McKinley ( Mt. Denali) in full late afternoon sunshine. Only 30% of visitors ever see the 20,000 ft. "Great One". This image was shot from 25 miles away. My heart was pounding and my Adrenalin was pumping. I said we photograph first, and register second. Sometimes a photographer catches a bit of luck. See my photo, and click it to go to my Alaska gallery to see more images from this great travel adventure. We later flew around the top of this "giant" in a small two engine plane. What a thrill!. See photos from the plane in my Alaska website gallery.