Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Alaska Marine Highway Ferry

Known as the Alaska Marine Highway, Alaska’s ferry system for both travelers and their vehicles, offers extensive travel throughout certain coastal regions of Alaska. It is unlike most ferry service you may be familiar with. Be sure to study the scale of any maps you may be referring to as you plot your travels. Alaska is a huge state and distances can be deceiving. The ferry no longer serves the town of Seward, so it is not the best way to get to Angels Rest on Resurrection Bay.

The Alaska Marine Highway system offers ferry service in 4 different coastal regions throughout the state, but no longer serves Seward. The nearest ferry terminal to Seward is located in Whittier. Inside Passage/Southeast (Bellingham WA to Yakatat, AK).


Southeast “feeder” communities (Angoon, Hoonah, Pelican, etc). Southwest (Kodiak, Homer, Prince William Sound communities). Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula (Dutch Harbor, Cold Bay, Atkutan, etc.).

You may travel as a pedestrian or with a vehicle. One popular tourist route is to drive to Valdez then take the ferry from Valdez to Whittier, from there it’s a short drive south to Seward. For longer trips in certain regions cabins may be available. Visit the Wikipedia page about the Alaska Marine Highway.

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