Explore beautiful British Columbia by water and by land as well as a couple of Alaska's southernmost communities. Start this itinerary at any point along the way and you will be sure to experience spectacular scenery and a fun time driving to two Alaska islands. Let the Alaska Marine Highway take care of everything for you. Your car, RV, motorcycle or bicycle will be safely stowed in the car deck while you relax in the main cabin.
Ferry from Bellingham to Ketchikan (+)
Ferry from Bellingham to Ketchikan (-)
During the thirty-eight-hour voyage from Bellingham to Ketchikan relax and enjoy the scenery. Bond with your travel companions and meet some new ones along the way. Reserve a passenger cabin if you would prefer some privacy, or unwind in the recliner lounge or observation lounge. For the more adventurous, set up your own tent on the back deck. Step outside for some fresh air, the covered solarium is heated and provides spectacular views of the passing landscape. Food and beverage service is available, including hot and cold options.
Ketchikan — Salmon Capital of the World (+)
Ketchikan — Salmon Capital of the World (-)
Spend some time exploring Ketchikan. The Tongass Historical Museum, historical properties of Creek Street, and the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center provide a sense of history of the town, and the Totem Heritage Center highlights Native cultural influences that have shaped the area. You can also fly and/or cruise to Misty Fjords National Monument, a must-see destination on any trip to Ketchikan. Beach comb, hike and picnic at Rotary Beach, Refuge Cove State Park, or Settler's Cove State Park. Go salmon fishing with one of the many experienced charter boat captains to learn why Ketchikan is called the "Salmon Capital of the World." Visit Saxman Native Village or Totem Bight State Park. Hike at Ward Lake Recreation Area or take a guided walk through a rainforest sanctuary. Three zipline and challenge courses are located throughout the community, or take a kayak tour along the scenic coastline. Then, take the ferry to Annette Bay, the Annette Islands Reserve is the only Native Reserve in the state of Alaska. Although a majority of its population is Tsimshian, Metlakatla is also home to many individuals with diverse tribal affiliations such as Tlingit, Haida, Aleut, Yupik and other Alaska Native peoples. Once you arrive in Annette Bay, drive 14.7 miles of Walden Point Road from the ferry terminal to the community of Metlakatla.
Metlakatla — Salt Water Passage (+)
Metlakatla — Salt Water Passage (-)
Spend some time exploring Metlakatla. Mossy Point beach provides a great view of the end of the island. You can kayak or canoe Tamgas Bay which has a breathtaking view of the island's largest mountain, Mt. Tamgas. Several walking and hiking trails of varied difficulties are available, or spend the morning beach combing or berry picking. Visit the Bingo/Gaming Hall with electronic bingo machines. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to make stops along the way while heading back to the ferry terminal. Arrive back in Ketchikan in the early afternoon, and explore the area a bit more, or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere of this unique community. Then, board the ferry for a six hour voyage to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Be sure to make vehicle and cabin reservations in advance as space fills up quickly in the summer. During your voyage, watch the passing scenery from the forward observation lounge or go on the top deck and relax in the heated solarium.