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Alaska Inside Passage

10 Jun 2007  Traveled the Inside Passage via Alaska state ferry system
4.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

The best way to travel Alaska's Inside Passage

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Alaska Marine Highway (state ferry system)

    We toured the Inside Passage in July 2005 via the Alaska Marine Highway. It is one of the best travel experiences we have ever had. If you want the focus of your trip to be Alaska, the state ferry is the best way to go. If you want the focus of your trip to be a cruise, than take a cruise ship. We flew into Ketchikan, stayed two nights, then sailed to Juneau, where we stayed four nights. We then went to Skagway for a night, Glacier Bay for a night, Sitka for two nights, and back to Ketchikan. All of this except the jaunt to Glacier Bay were aboard Alaska state ferry vessels. This method of travel gave us the time needed in each town to explore and see the sites, as opposed to cruise ship passengers who got off the ship in the morning and had to be back by late afternoon. All they had time to see was the area surrounding the dock, which is always the most touristy part. We were able to explore much more. In some towns we rented a car for a day or two (Juneau and Ketchikan) and in others we were able to walk to all the places we wanted to see. The ferries are clean, comfortable, and efficient. All had large passenger lounges across the front of the ship that were extremely comfortable and great for viewing the scenery. There were larger outside viewing areas also. A ranger or naturalist was onboard every ferry, who gave presentations about the environment, wildlife or history of the area. Only twice did we need to stay overnight onboard (from Ketchikan to Juneau and from Sitka to Ketchikan). Overnight accommodations were simple, but clean and comfortable. I highly recommend the state ferry system. You can book direct with them by phone or on their web site (see web site address below). They are very helpful.

  • 2. Juneau
    Juneau, Alaska

  • 3. Ketchikan
    Ketchikan, Alaska

  • 4. Sitka
    Sitka, Alaska

  • 5. Skagway
    Skagway, Alaska

  • 6. Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System

    You can book your ferry tickets direct with the Alaska Marine Highway System.