Alaska and Northwestern US advice

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Here is another what do I see thread.
My wife and I are going to the Northwestern US and an Alsaka cruise soon and we do have some things planned for excursions during the cruise, but I want to ask people who have experience in that area for advice. So here is our schedule of stops:
I want to know if there are good opportunities to take landscape and or wildlife photos at these places:

Anchorage
Seward
Hubbard Glacier
Juneau
Skagway
Icy Strait Point
Ketchikan
Inside passage
Vancouver
Seattle
Whidbey Island
Deception Pass
Victoria
 

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Hubby and I spent 2 months driving around Alaska last year! Breathtaking!

Really try to visit Steve Kroschel's Wildlife center, which is about 20 miles outside of Haines. The cruise ship may offer the trip as an excursion.

Look here for images that have the keyword "Kroeschel" for examples of what you can photograph.
http://butlerkid.smugmug.com/UnitedStates/Alaska/Alaskan-Wildlife/13834981_26mP2#1020876370_sMeUD

Also, the SeaLife Center in Seward is really very nice. The puffin area was especially fun and easy to get puffin and other bird shots.
http://butlerkid.smugmug.com/UnitedStates/Alaska/Alaskas-Birds/14408098_JMeLB#1084566429_T6phq

You can persue my Alaska gallery for the types of scenery you'll encounter.

In Juneau, there is a small park along the water in town. There is a fish and chips place where we had the BEST fish and chips EVER! It is right next to the park tables. You can do take out and sit in the park!

Ketchican - we couldn't get there, but I think they've got a zip line. That would be a lot of fun!
 
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Hubby and I spent 2 months driving around Alaska last year! Breathtaking!

Really try to visit Steve Kroschel's Wildlife center, which is about 20 miles outside of Haines. The cruise ship may offer the trip as an excursion.

Look here for images that have the keyword "Kroeschel" for examples of what you can photograph.
http://butlerkid.smugmug.com/UnitedStates/Alaska/Alaskan-Wildlife/13834981_26mP2#1020876370_sMeUD

Also, the SeaLife Center in Seward is really very nice. The puffin area was especially fun and easy to get puffin and other bird shots.
http://butlerkid.smugmug.com/UnitedStates/Alaska/Alaskas-Birds/14408098_JMeLB#1084566429_T6phq

You can persue my Alaska gallery for the types of scenery you'll encounter.

In Juneau, there is a small park along the water in town. There is a fish and chips place where we had the BEST fish and chips EVER! It is right next to the park tables. You can do take out and sit in the park!

Ketchican - we couldn't get there, but I think they've got a zip line. That would be a lot of fun!
We covered some of the same places last year. We were toured out by the time we got to Ketchican so just did a walking tour. It was nice. The town has a nice walking map.

In Juneau, we took a photography oriented whale watching and glacier hiking tour. Very nice. I loved it, even though I'm not one for boats. I think we ate at that same fish and chip place. Try to catch it at off peak times. It's busy.

Seward was a nice town. We did a boat tour there too. It was cold in May, but we really liked it. My wife chose the tour because it had the better lunch. She couldn't eat at that point in the trip. She's the one who likes rides. I can't go on them. Go figure. I was too pumped up with the scenery to worry about a few bouncing waves. Most of the trip was calm though.

I second the wildlife centre. I also highly recommend the museum in Anchorage. I could have spent a lot more time there.
 

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I'm not sure how much time you plan to spend in Seattle. That said, in Seattle, I'd recommend:

Pike's Place Market (yeah, it's touristy, but you've gotta do it; it's a great place).
Space Needle
Olympic Sculpture Park
Seattle's Waterfront (beautiful scenery!)
Kerry Park for a wonderful view of Space Needle and the Seattle waterfront. It's really pretty in the evening.
Alki Beach
Mt. Ranier

In Vancouver, BC, I'd recommend:

The Capilano Suspension Bridge (it was a little scary for me, but it was very nice).
Stanley Park
The Historic Gastown District
 
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