Ketchikan has great tourist shopping and also a drugstore that is within walking distance. We took the float plane excursion and it was wonderful and worth every cent. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we could see the mountains and even mountain goats.
Juneau is a scenic, quiet town and surprisingly small for a state capital. It has a lot of neighborhood pubs, and we stopped in one of them and enjoyed it very much. Prior to the pub, we went on an excursion to the Mendenhall Glacier and a salmon hatchery. They were both very worth while.
We didn't have a lot of time in Anchorage itself as we took a tour out of town to an animal rehab facility and Portage Glacier. The tour was a little long and the seats on the bus were small and spaced VERY close together. My 6'4" companion was miserable the whole time due to not having any leg room. Even the vintage yellow school buses that are used for transportation in Homer have more leg room. In retrospect, we should have just walked around Anchorage, although we really enjoyed seeing the animals at the rehab facility and also the glacier. There were no bathrooms at the animal rehab place, only portable toilets. There were bathrooms on the boat that went to the glacier.
Sitka is a really charming and entertaining port. We signed up for a Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest and were not disappointed. We had a captain that had spent many years in the Coast Guard and he knew where to go and how to get there. We saw 2 whales, about 50 or so otters all lounging around on their backs, 2 bald eagles and a nest with 2 nearly grown eagles, and we also saw puffins. I had really wanted to see some puffins, so I was ecstatic about this sighting. We also saw a sea lion on our way out to sea.