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Alaska Marine Highway Adventure

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Alaska Marine Highway

The Alaska Marine Highway has to be one of our favorite adventures, and one we have done several times. It connects into the Alaska State highway system, and railways giving you plenty of adventure all along the way. The distance, territories, and place one can see will boggle the mind. This article is meant to be a guide, and a motivational piece to get you the reader out of your house or apartment and on a adventure that does not have to be high cost unless you want it to be.

First you must look into the Washington state ferry reservations from Bellingham Washington using the Alaska Marine Highway reservation system here www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/reservations.shtml. The website will give some general idea on times, dates of sailings, and costs of doing so. Now keep in mind that the state of Alaska will raise the prices during the most active time of the year, and July – August will be the most expensive time.

Now the route you choose to take will depend on the ferry you choose to sail with. In this photo you get a general idea as to how these ferries work and where each of them go depending on what you choose.

From Bellingham Washington you always stop in Ketchikan Alaska, and you must be ready to see wildlife all along the way. The beauty of the Inside Passage will blow you away, and should be considered one of the world’s wonders.

As you look around coming into Ketchikan you must keep a close eye open for whales, eagles, and other wildlife. The deck around your ferry will provide you with a 360 degrees of viewing pleasure, but you must walk around to see everything.

We have come into Ketchikan in the early sailing season, and within the summer. Each time period will provide you with a different view, and animals to see all along the way.

Petersburg Alaska will sneak up on you, and you should make sure to keep your times for viewing ready. Each time the ferry stops they will give you time to be able to look around. Always keep a close eye open for the eagles because they like to sit on the electric poles just outside of your ship.

Keep in mind that seafood is a way of life in Alaska, and some at a restaurant close to your port will be an great culinary adventure. Some of these ports have food very close by, and others you will need to walk a little ways, but the food will be great.

Now coming into Petersburg can be a great photo opportunity, and you must be ready to capture those amazing shots. Here in this photo you have a general idea of what you will see, and find as you move along your Alaska Marine Highway Adventure.

Now each time you stop make sure you are clear, and fully understand what time you will need to be back. Sometimes it’s a short stop of about an hour, and other times you will have several hours. So make sure you know exactly when you should return.

Now as your trip moves along you will have allot more to see, and you have allot more to see. Wrangell Alaska is now up and coming, and you will want to keep a look out for those snow capped mountains.

Coming into Wrangell will be a site to see, and you are still within Alaska’s fisherman village country. The mountains, and the local people will be very welcoming. Make sure if you do change ferries, and have a vehicle to be in your staging area on time. Here is a video to help you understand the process, and how the loading goes.

Loading the Alaska Ferry Video

Now this video is over an hour long so you will want to fast forward, and get an idea of the automobile loading process. With your vehicle loaded and off to the next destination of Juneau Alaska this Alaska Marine Highway Adventure is just getting started.

Juneau does have allot to see and you will need time to see the downtown area. The port is not far enough to walk too. and you will need to arrange transportation. Allot of people get off here, and stay until the next ferry comes along so they have the time to visit, and explore some of the parks here.

From here allot of people will board, and begin their journey out towards the Skagway and Haines direction of the trip. These two ports you can walk off directly, and have a very enjoyable time.

Skagway Alaska is a historic landmark, and still kept up as it was when it was first built. It is a western town, and with great food mixed in with plenty of shopping. If you do have time head over to the airport for a plane ride, and photo tour in the sky. I promise you will not be disappointed.

These flights will give you a view of the mountains, and glaciers you can only get from a flight.

Sometimes only nature can provide the kind of photography love possible such as the sun here in the shape of a heart.

Now that you have left the Skagway and Haines area you are heading towards the remote area of Yakutat Alaska. This small town is a short walk and you can just walk off and explore the small town. We always get a small cup of coffee at the store just inside of the town.

The workers here are always keeping the docks ready to go, and your walk will be slightly uphill so just a bit of exercise. Once you get back on the ferry you will be heading out to Whittier Alaska.

Whittier is where allot of people get off for two main reasons. First those who will drive to Anchorage need to get off here. Second this is also where you catch the train to explore the interior parts of Alaska.

Just outside of the Whittier Tunnel this is what you will see, and Portage Glacier is now awaiting you. This national park has trails and you can walk right up to the glacier.

Depending on how you are taking transportation you still have allot more to see. You can see these mountains from your train ride or if driving you will be out in the wild admiring the great outdoors.

Where ever you go from here will depend on what you want to do. We want to to consider taking the train all the way to Fairbanks Alaska, and from there renting a car where you can explore far and wide the Alaska experience.

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looking really really nice

looking at the pictures gives me chills.. must be really cold there!

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  ·  2년 전

Oh wow, great pictures and looks like amazing experience! So beautiful


It's a wonderful ship ride where most people don't get to.

  ·  2년 전

Thats even more fun. I also try to go places that are not widely promoted :)

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