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Kodiak

Getting there & away

Both Alaska Airlines (487-4000, 800-252-7522) and its contract carrier ERA Aviation (487-4363, 800-866-8394; www.eraaviation.com) fly to Kodiak daily. Fares range between $260 and $350 depending on when you go and if the ticket is an advance purchase. The airport is 5 miles south of Kodiak on Chiniak Rd. Other than the offerings from a few motels, there is no shuttle service into town. Alaska Cab (481-3400) charges $17 for the ride downtown.

Alaska Marine Highway's MV Tustum- ena stops at Kodiak several times a week, coming from either Seward ($73) or Homer ($65), and stopping twice a week at Port Lions, a nearby village on Kodiak Island. Once a month the 'Trusty Tusty' continues west to Unalaska and Dutch Harbor ($258 one way from Kodiak).

The ferry terminal (486-3800, 800-526-6731; 100 Marine Way) is right in the middle of downtown, so it's easy to explore Kodiak even if you're just in port for an hour or two.