Alaska Inside Passage route suggestion request
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Mar 31, 2012 12:31 PM Last Post By: melfol
Mar 18, 2012 8:47 PM
Mar 19, 2012 8:05 AM
1There is flightseeing out of Ketchikan over Misty Fjords National Park. There is a Tglinkit Indian village nearby Ketchikan with totem poles. Ketchikan is known for jewelry stores selling products made with minerals from local mines, including jade. The ferries dock within walking distance of the villages, except for the Juneau dock being about 10 miles from downtown. Allow some leeway time for dense fog and rain to delay flights out of Juneau. The airport is about 5 miles from the ferry dock, in Mendenhall Valley. If the ferry arrives after the scheduled buses, you will need to hire a taxi. There are no lounges open overnight at the ferry dock.
Mar 31, 2012 12:31 PM
2Your phrase "of the region" suggests you mean southeast Alaska, not just Ketchikan and Juneau. And I assume you are traveling by ferry inter-city. Another city in southeast where the ferry terminal is a little distance away from town is Sitka. In a walk-on situation a ferry use to let you get off for a day and catch a later ferry on the same ticket. I haven't done that recently but suspect that is still the case. If traveling with a car that won't work. You can check with Alaska Marine Highway (the ferry system) about whether they still allow that for walk-ons. Otherwise stops can be only a few hours per town. You can download a ferry schedule from AMH. Some towns are not serviced every day.
Getting from ferry port to town shouldn't be difficult if the terminal is a distance from twon. Alaskans are generally helpful, especially in the smaller towns, and rides can be found if public transportation isn't available.
Some of the places you might want to hit are Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Gustavus (Glacier Bay), and Skagway. You might have to make Juneau a hub and shuttle out to most of those places if you want to spend time in them.
I prefer traveling the way you suggest. Nice to not go with the herd. But an alternative is cruise ships. They hit many of the places I listed. They tend to travel at night and stop in towns during the day. If you go standby you might be able to get a deal cheaper than arranging all your own passage, room, and board, plus have the same room every night.
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