When I say rainforest, I don't mean it in the way that there were monkeys and tigers strolling through the woods. The rainforests in Alaska are temperate, but they are still filled with leafy green foliage, humid air, and waterfalls. One hike that was absolutely spectacular was the East Glacial trail, by the Mendenhall glacier. It started off steep, with a trail crossed by burbling creeks and tiny trickles of water dripping into the forest. But as we got farther up, it got slightly drier, and the landscape turned into a mossy carpet with tall, solid trees.
The great thing about rainforest hikes is that the views are spectacular. In Juneau, partway through the trail, we got a shocking view of the glacier, and managed to catch a glimpse of Nugget Falls, a huge waterfall to the right of the glacier. In Ketchikan, we took a short hike on the Angel Rocks trail head, which gave us a spectacular angle of the sea.
And so, when you visit Alaska, make sure to check out these forests or try the hikes suggested. I promise it will be like nothing you've done, except maybe the trails in Hawaii. And if you're travelling to Alaska and want to know if cruises are worth it, make sure to click here. Other than that, safe travels!