Ferry travel provides options, walk onboard, drive or ride a bike.
Near the US / Canada border on the Haines Highway in September © Gary Lidholm

Discover Autumn in Alaska

Autumn in Alaska tends to be short, but it's an amazing time to visit. As our temperatures start to drop, everything becomes more vibrant. Our mountainsides and tundra blaze in shades of orange and red, and the birch and alder trees glow gold among the evergreens. Even the wildlife seems more active and easier to spot in late summer and early fall, especially bears, as they feed on the last of the spawning salmon and wild berries. The amazing sites in our port communities never end. Just when the foliage and daylight start to fade, the second act begins and the colors transpose to the sky in the form of the aurora borealis.

Bicyclists take a break lake side near Haines Alaska © Brian Adams

Bicycling Alaska's Inside Passage

Bicycling may not be the first thing you think about when planning a trip to Alaska's Inside Passage. How can you bike through a region characterized by islands, glaciers, mountains and fjords? Easy: you let the marine highway ferry you and your bike from port to port. From planning a full bicycle tour, taking advantage of the numerous trails on a day trip, or simply renting a bike for the freedom to explore a community or two on your own, opportunities and scenery abound. Need some more trip planning ideas? Check out our suggestion for a 6-day bicycle tour from Ketchikan to Haines.