See more of Alaska and let us do the driving for you. From the Alaska Railroad and the Alaska Marine Highway to scheduled flight service, you get to see Prince William Sound and the Kenai Peninsula from different perspectives. Once you're in Kodiak, there are a couple options for customizing your adventure.
Anchorage — Big Wild Life (+)
Anchorage — Big Wild Life (-)
Fly to Anchorage and spend the day exploring before heading out to Prince William Sound. Famous wildlife, spectacular mountain vistas, fascinating cultures, and icy blue glaciers all await your discovery. Metropolitan luxuries mix with unrivaled natural wonders to make Anchorage an unforgettable destination. Visit the Anchorage Museum and peruse 10,000 years of Alaska history. Visit the Alaska Zoo to encounter polar bear, Amur tigers, Bactrian camels, wolves and many other cold climate and exotic animals. Activities abound in the area, go flightseeing, golfing, hiking, biking, or birding.
Alaska Railroad to Whittier — Gateway to Prince William Sound (+)
Alaska Railroad to Whittier — Gateway to Prince William Sound (-)
Depart on the Alaska Railroad in the morning, and arrive in Whittier around lunchtime. Whittier is surrounded by the Chugach National Forest, the second largest in the United States, and water related adventures abound. Take a day cruise along the protected waters of Prince William Sound to see massive tidewater glaciers. Fishing is a popular activity for all ages, take a kayak tour or go scuba diving. Search for wildlife, beachcomb, pick berries, or go for a hike. Then, enjoy a fresh seafood dinner before snuggling in for the night at your hotel.
Ferry from Whittier to Kodiak (+)
Ferry from Whittier to Kodiak (-)
Depart on the Alaska Marine Highway for a nineteen-and-a-half-hour cruise to Kodiak. This itinerary is only offered every other week in the summer, so be sure to make a reservation in advance. Prince William Sound is made up of many deep fjords with tidewater glaciers and islands around every turn. The ferry will make a stop in Chenega Bay for an hour, which will give you the chance to stretch your legs and explore the sights. Then, continue along the south shore of the Kenai Peninsula and past Kenai Fjords National Park en route to Kodiak. Reserve a cabin for the long voyage, stake out a spot in the solarium to lay down your sleeping bag, or set up your tent on the back deck. Enjoy the passing scenery and let the ocean gently rock you to sleep.
Kodiak — Alaska Untamed (+)
Kodiak — Alaska Untamed (-)
Arrive in Kodiak in the morning and spend nearly three days exploring Alaska’s Emerald Island. Upon arrival, stop at the Visitors Bureau information center to get maps and recommendations from the friendly staff. Tour the downtown area on a walking tour of 26 visitor destinations. Rich in history, Kodiak is home to four museums that celebrate the island’s heritage. Visit the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to learn about wildlife in the area and the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center to gain a better appreciation of the rich and diverse ecosystem. Be sure to visit Ft Abercrombie State Historical Park and the US Coast Guard base, the largest by area (23,000 acres) in the country. Bear-viewing is one of the most popular activities on Kodiak Island, and the best way to do so is in the company of a knowledgeable outfitter. Dedicated and casual anglers, as well as beginners, will find fishing rewarding and memorable here. You can also go whale watching for the chance to see humpback, fin, minke, sei and gray whales. Or for the more adventurous, go hiking, biking, kayaking, golfing, beach combing, tide pooling, surfing, or visit the backcountry on an ATV. After you have seen it all in Kodiak, enjoy a one-hour-and-ten-minute flight back to Anchorage. See some of the coastline that you traveled by ferry as you soar over the west side of the Gulf of Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula. Return home with an appreciation of the grandeur that is Alaska.
8 Day Itinerary Option
You could opt to take the ferry back to Whittier, and the Alaska Railroad back to Anchorage; essentially, shadowing your original itinerary. This option gives you one less day in Kodiak, but omits the flight option between Kodiak and Anchorage.
10 Day Itinerary Option
Spend one more day in Kodiak and take the ferry to Homer. Spend a day-and-a-half in Homer, and then fly back to Anchorage (it's only a 40 minute flight). Hike up a mountain, kayak by a glacier or in a protected cove, go horseback riding, ride a four-wheeler into the back country or go fishing. Few places have the diverse beauty of Homer, having so many ways to experience and view the variety of abundant wildlife.