Seven Ways to Experience Alaska's Waterways
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you envision Alaska’s wild, sweeping landscapes? For many people, it’s snow-capped mountains and glacier-carved fjords—but when it comes to everyday life outside the big cities, Alaska’s rivers, streams and oversea routes are the true lifeblood of the land. Here are just a few of the many ways in which you can experience the same intimate connection with Alaska’s waterways that the locals do.
Cruising is the most luxurious way to explore Alaska’s seagoing transport routes—but if you want to do it like a local, you should ride the Alaska Marine Highway ferries. These ships are the literal lifeline for island communities in the Inside Passage and Southwest Alaska, shuttling people, vehicles and cargo that would be impossible to ship by air. Not only does riding the ferry provide a way for you to bring your own car on an Alaska vacation, it also puts you elbow-to-elbow with friendly locals that is, for them, a slice of everyday life. Most Alaska state ferries are also fully equipped with game rooms, observation decks, workstations and galleys, so you’ll be sailing in comfort. Read More
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