Gliding quietly past the dense spruce forests of the British Columbia coastline and along the shores of Alaska’s Inside Passage, a fleet of ferries carries passengers and vehicles along the Alaska Marine Highway System—an interconnected network of communities accessible by sea. This route is ideal for those who want to get on and off the ferry when they please, staying for a few hours or several days in each port of call.
The Inside Passage Route adds layers of experiences to your journey. Victoria, one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, puts its British charm on display. Seaside towns nestle beside coastal mountains where thrill seekers whale watch, kayak, dog mush, and even snorkel. Delightful boardwalk shops and restaurants line the harbors while excursions leave regularly for glacier gawking, fishing, black and brown bear spotting and guided hiking tours. Ketchikan embodies the small town appeal of “Main Street”, with friendly faces and hometown entertainment, while Skagway brings the Gold Rush boom back to life.
First Nation culture and natural beauty follow this route as well. Wonder at the largest collection of outdoor totem poles in the world on a totem tour in Duncan, or enjoy Tlingit heritage on display at Chief Shakes Island. Birders love Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, with over 116 species that visit annually. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Kluane National Park and Reserve and Tongass National Forest are home to much wildlife and stunning scenery.
*Note: Ferries accommodate RVs, cars and motorcycles of all sizes (and even bikes and kayaks), but reservations should be secured well in advance as space is limited. Pets are also allowed on board Alaska and BC ferries, although usually restricted to the car deck—perfect if one of your companions travels on four legs, not two!
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