I'm planning on flying into Sitka mid-July to visit a friend. It'll be my first time in Alaska and I really want to take in the culture, scenery, and wildlife. I do plan to do some moderate hiking and hopefully take either a boat tour or a float plane tour, possibly even kayaking. My question is...should I stay in Sitka for a week and a half, or should I see some of the other areas in the southeast islands?
I want to go to Vancouver after that leg of the trip. What would be the easiest but most rewarding way to eventually get to Vancouver? I've looked at flights leaving Sitka, and they all seem to connect in Seattle prior to going to Vancouver, making the flight more expensive. Would flying out or taking a ferry from a different location make more sense to get to Vancouver? I wasn't planning on going to Victoria, but would that make it easier to eventually get to Vancouver?
With all this being said, my time is flexible and can be shortened or lengthened accordingly, yet I would like it to still be somewhat affordable. Thank you all for your time and advice in advance!