Celebrating 50 years
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It has been over a decade since the Alaska Marine Highway System was recognized as a National Scenic Byway. Yet the scenic, natural, cultural, and historic qualities it possesses are just as prominent today.
The National Scenic Byways program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. Five highways within Alaska have been designated National Scenic Byways by the Federal Highway Administration.
The Alaska Marine Highway System is also renowned as an All-American Road, the highest honor bestowed by the National Scenic Byways Program, and it is the only marine route in the nation with this designation. To receive the more prestigious All-American Road designation, a road must possess multiple intrinsic qualities that are nationally significant, and contain one-of-a-kind features that do not exist elsewhere. The road must be considered a "destination unto itself."
To start planning your next vacation along Alaska's National Scenic Byways, view these sample itineraries. Plan your trip through all five National Scenic Byways, as well as sixteen of the eighteen Alaska Scenic Byways designated by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Experience the intrinsic qualities - archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic - that make traveling to and throughout Alaska so unique.
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration, the Alaska Marine Highway System hosted a Song Contest for a chance to win a Golden Ticket, worth up to $500 of passenger travel anywhere the ferry goes. To enter the contest, participants had to write, perform and record an original song and then upload a video. There were two categories for entries: Simple Performance and Music Video. Each entry could be a soloist or a group, performed a cappella or plugged in. Each original song had to be themed around the Alaska Marine Highway System, and the video with the most "likes" won. The entries were accepted starting 8:00am AST September 9, 2013 and ended at 5:00pm AST November 15, 2013. Voting began at 8:00am AST on November 18th, 2013 and ended at 5:00pm on November 29th, 2013. Click here to view the winning videos.
- Effective January 1st, 2014, AMHS will no longer accept foreign currency
- The Whittier Ramp has been repaired and ferry service resumed as of Nov. 21, 2013
- Watching Alaska Pass by, Traveling by Jet, Van, Ferry, Foot and Paddle by Alaska Dispatch
- The 2014 Summer Schedule is now available
- 50th Anniversary community event galleries are now available
- Day Boat Alaska Class Ferry
- Our community events page lists special events in our 35 port communities.
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The MV Lituya has an additional sailing for Tuesday December 10th and Thursday December 12th. The vessel will remain in Ketchikan following the additional sailing on Tuesday through Thursday morning due to forecasted high winds. Please see the schedule change for additional details or call our Reservation Center at 1-800-642-0066.
The MV Aurora will remain in Valdez from February 10th to February 15th, 2014 for scheduled maintenance. Also, the vessel has an added sailing to Whittier on February 16th, 2014 and will return to the published schedule as of February 17th, 2014. Please see the schedule change for additional details or call our Reservation Center at 1-800-642-0066.