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The Best Ever Alaskan Cruise Experience

Cruise to Alaska is perfect for cruisers, with numerous opportunities to appreciate its vast natural beauty. Sail along the Inside Passage to visit the immense ice formations. North to the Kenai Peninsula and nearby Anchorage, a perfect jumping-off point for cruise tours to Denali, Fairbanks, and Canada’s Yukon.

We went with our friends and business partners to celebrate being in business together for over a decade. We started BGB Painting with big dreams and we are still going strong. This cruise along the coast of Alaska was a nice reward for the hard work. Here are a few of our favorite stopping places.

White Pass Railway

If your cruise ship stops over in Skagway, you’ll find an old gold rush boomtown community. Although you can easily spend the day exploring Skagway, a ride on the White Pass Railway travels up into the mountains and provides excellent scenic views and a look at the route the gold miners took on their way to the goldfields in the Yukon. Some White Pass combination rail and bus excursions include a stop at the Yukon Suspension Bridge for a great photo opportunity.

Glacier National Park

All of the National Parks in the United States is worthy of a visit, and Glacier Bay is one that can best be viewed from a ship. The unspoiled, glorious mountain scenery, glaciers, and wildlife like sea lions and bears make this park a memorable destination.

Helicopter Ride

You can take a helicopter ride to enjoy some exciting scenario. It is an exciting adventure almost anywhere in the world, but zipping over an icy glacier field in Alaska is quite exhilarating.

Dog Sledding

Do you love to go dog sledding in the snow in August? Yes, you can if you take a helicopter ride up to a summer training camp for sled dogs. This was one of my favorite shore excursions ever.

Cruise Misty Fjords

It is near Ketchikan but is only viewable via plane or boat. This magnificent area is too far south for glaciers, but tourists get to the results of these icy giants that were in the area eons ago.


Sitka is the only Inside Passage settlement to face the Pacific Ocean. This town is home to about 9,000 people and has a rich Russian heritage, with many cultural and historical destinations to see. There are also plenty of scenic hiking trails and walking routes.

Tracy Arm Fjord

Tracy Arm Fjord is located near Juneau; it is fantastic natural scenery and an abundance of wildlife, including harbor seals, wolves, seabirds and brown bears. See lush forests, cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and some of the most massive glaciers in all of Alaska.

The Top 10 Disneyland Attractions

Disneyland is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It is the only theme park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.

Nemo Submarine Voyage 

This is a relatively long attraction with some impressive sets and detail. The wait times can be long, the queue is incredibly boring, and there’s no FastPass, but the payoff is well worth the boring wait, especially for Finding Nemo fans.

Pirates of the Caribbean

It is a boat-ride back in time to the days when pirates ruled the Caribbean. The places feature Audio-Animatronics pirates engaging in swashbuckling mayhem. This is the most famous attractions at Disneyland.

Indiana Jones Adventure

This is a thrilling ride aboard a transport vehicle deep into the Temple of the Forbidden Eye on a daring journey in search of unimaginable rewards. Along the way you’ll incur the wrath of Mara, who will force you to encounter caverns of bubbling death, screaming undead mummies, erupting lava, evil wraiths, and giant snakes.

Everything about this attraction is excellent. This attraction is incredibly famous and routinely has long waits, making it a great use of FastPass.

Space Mountain

It is a dark rollercoaster through space. After going on a nearly two-year hiatus while the Hyperspace Mountain Star Wars overlay was added, the classic attraction is back! There’s some cooling theming here, a blast-off tunnel, and on-board music to spice up the experience. This is a FastPass attraction, and it’s highly recommended that you utilize it. 

Haunted Mansion

No further explanation should be necessary; if you aren’t familiar with the premise of the Haunted Mansion, you’re probably living under a rock. For those familiar with the Walt Disney World version, a lot in the Disneyland version is the same or similar. Die-hard Haunted Mansion fans will disagree, but the vast majority of guests won’t notice many differences. It’s awesome.


This rollercoaster through the yeti-guarded mountain is an enchanting place that most guests will enjoy a lot. The Matterhorn received some new show scenes that are relatively cool. FastPass is now available at the Matterhorn, and it’s a good use of FastPass to avoid long waits.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

This attraction is a hybrid film and Audio-Animatronics performance by the famous U.S. President. It incorporates some of the best elements of Hall of Presidents and the American Adventure at Walt Disney World, including my personal favorite, the song “Golden Dreams.” Many guests, mostly communists, find this attraction annoying.

Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise is a boat ride through the rivers of Adventureland that encounters hippos, lions, and piranhas, among other animals and natives, along the way. However, the real highlight here is the non-stop zingers of the skippers who pilot the boats. 


This is a musical battle between the forces of good and evil set in Mickey’s dreams with stunning effects, including pyrotechnics, water, lasers, fire, and an enormous dragon if you’ve seen Fantasmic! At Walt Disney World, you haven’t seen Fantasmic!

Exploring Europe – Best Places to Visit

Millions of people travel to Europe every year to get a taste of that rich history. Don’t get stuck in the past — these popular European cities have so many fantastic things to offer you. When you reach one country, exploring the rest is a cinch. Just make sure these top European cities are on your destination list. Europe is waiting for you!

Rome, Italy

Rome is with the Catholic Church at its side; European civilization revolved around Rome. The historic city has served as the backdrop for everything from the 1953 film. Visitors come from different countries for the ruins, the church, the art, and the food. So what are you waiting for? 

Paris, France

Oscar Wilde once said that “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” So, you are encouraged to move to Paris to the top of your bucket list. It’s the city of history, and love, the height of European romance. Whether you come to Paris for the wine, the art or the high fashion, you’re sure to fall in love with what is universally recognized as one of the most important cities in Europe.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is located on the coast of Catalonia; it is full of personality and mystery. Lined with living statues, the pedestrian street La Rambla divides the Gothic Quarter from El Raval, an infamous neighborhood known for its cabarets, nightlife, and diversity. Be ready to see the Magic Fountain of Montjuic and lose yourself among the mosaic walls and peculiar sculptures on the way.

London, UK

London is the New York of Europe. It’s a fantastic capital of the British Empire, and half the inspiration for “A Tale of Two Cities,” London can’t be compared. Make sure you have time to dive into this physically and culturally humongous city. Retrace history in one of the most famous cities in Europe, and don’t forget to look out the window of your double-decker bus as you cross the River Thames!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is the quintessential kick-off to any student’s European adventure. Most of the people believe that the city has got two sides, but to the people of the Netherlands, these things coexist naturally. There are many more things to do in Amsterdam, but, as with any city, use your judgment. Also, be sure to spend some time by the water—in 2010 the Canal Belt neighborhoods were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Dublin, Ireland

Here you’ll get the resilient spirit of the Irish people. You can easily take the bus to Kilmainham Gaol and stand in the courtyard where Joseph Plunkett. Dublin is a somber reminder of the country’s struggle for independence. If you find yourself falling in love with the emerald island, remember that it’s an excellent place to study or work abroad.

Athens, Greece

When Athena presented the Athenian people with an Olive Tree, a symbol of peace and prosperity, they chose her as their city’s namesake. With a thriving nightlife, Monastiraki Flea Market and plenty of hip cafes, it seems like she’s still watching over the ancient civilization today. Explore the old landmarks of the Acropolis, one of the most populous destinations in Europe.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Visitors typically flock to the Royal Mile, so take your time to explore the Edinburgh Castle and University of Edinburgh campus. J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from the back room of The Elephant House, a cafe tucked inside Edinburgh’s Old Town. Rowling has said that whenever she got stuck, she drew inspiration from the magical city around her.

Istanbul, Turkey

The city is formerly known as Constantinople, has long served as a bridge between Europe and the east, where cultures collide and evolve into an exciting new world. With a seamless blend of bars, bazaars, galleries, and bathhouses, the capital of the former Ottoman Empire is quickly becoming one of the hippest cities to visit in Europe. In the words of 1989 rock band, They Might Be Giants: “Why did Constantinople get the works? 

Milan, Italy

Here, locals hustle past grey limestone buildings and graffitied walls, rushing to work with an espresso in hand. At the outset, Milan seems to lack the historical romance of ancient Italy, the leisurely pacing of Florence and Venice. The urban atmosphere catches many visitors off guard, but don’t be fooled. Take your time discovering the many layers of Milan, traversing the cobbled streets of the world’s most famous shopping district. Quadrilatero d’ oro della moda and watching a fascinating new opera premiere at La Scala.

Of course, there are 100 other great cities to visit in Europe. These 10 won’t disappoint. Enjoy!