What You’ll See on the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System
Alaska is famous for its rugged landscape and vast wilderness. But have you ever wondered how people access these remote places? In areas where there are no roads, the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System plays a huge role. This unique set of routes extends more than 3,500 miles and features over 30 stops. Read on to find out what you’ll see along the way.
Before you depart for your trip on the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide! This helpful guide is full of information on dining, shopping, outdoor recreation, and more. It even features a “where to stay” section dedicated to the comfortable accommodations at Alaska Garden Gate. Get your copy today!
Explore the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System
A ferry ride is one of the best ways to experience Alaska’s scenic coastline. Whether you’re interested in relaxation or adventure, history or culture, you can choose the journey that’s right for you. The ferries travel to three regions: Southeast, South Central, or Southwest Alaska. Here’s what you’ll find in each area.
Southeast Alaska | The Inside Passage
The Inside Passage is a popular destination known for its breathtaking mountains and glaciers. Boating, fishing, camping, and hiking are all available here, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife like bears and whales. Inside Passage even boasts a mixture of Russian, Norwegian, and gold rush history. Learn more about it at the history museums in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city.
South Central Alaska | The Heartland
If you’re staying with us at Alaska Garden Gate, take the ferry service out of Whittier to discover the coastal communities of South Central Alaska. You’ll have spectacular views of glaciers, fjords, and forests along the way. There’s also plenty to do on land; feel free to escape the boat for a few hours and enjoy activities like flightseeing, gold panning, dog mushing, and more.
Local Tip: Ferry service from Whittier is available seven days a week in the summer and 2-3 days a week in the winter. There’s even a cross-gulf route that connects Whittier to Southeast Alaska twice a month.
Southwest Alaska | The Aleutian Chain
If you’re a fan of Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, we recommend visiting Southwest Alaska. This region is known as the halibut capital of the world and is home to the fishing fleet featured on the show. While in the area, visitors have access to unparalleled birding, whale watching, and volcano viewing. It’s definitely worth the trip.
Not sure where to go first? Check out one of these popular sites:
- The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (Homer)
- Aleutian World War II National Historic Site (Unalaska)
- Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve (King Salmon, AK)
- Izembek National Wildlife Refuge (Cold Bay)
Come Home to Alaska Garden Gate B&B
Now that you know about the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System, it’s time to start planning your getaway to the Last Frontier. Our Inn is an easy two-hour drive from the Whittier ferry terminal and offers the best accommodations and amenities in the area. Whether you reserve a luxury apartment, cottage, or economical bed and breakfast room, we promise you’ll feel right at home.
So what are you waiting for? Book your stayand get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! We look forward to having you.