Byline: Jean Allen
Q. I would like to know more about the different tours to Alaska. There seems to be quite a variety. _ D.U., Culpeper, Va.
A. Alaska, so big and spectacular, has much to see and a very short tourist season (mid-May to mid-September). Most of the year's tours are jammed into those months, so visitors never run out of choices.
Most visit the strip of towns along the Pacific coast that are easy to reach. Every town offers dozens of sightseeing tours, and the most adventurous can charter boats for deep-sea fishing and planes for flights to remote wilderness resorts. Most see Alaska from the deck of a cruise ship, floating resorts that head south in winter to Florida or Mexico. They spend summers on the Inside Passage, a scenic coastal corridor that runs 1,000 miles from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Skagway, Alaska, islands to the west, …