Alaska Marine System Highway Ferry’s
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 an 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. 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 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 a great culinary adventure. Some of these ports have food very close by, and others you will need to walk a little way, 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.