Alaska's Inside Passage is one of America's most beautiful regions. But how can you bike through a place characterized by islands, glaciers, mountains and fjords? Easy: let the Alaska Marine Highway ferry you, your friends and even your bicycles from port to port. Although this itinerary is geared toward bicyclists, anyone can walk-on or bring a vehicle to enjoy this route.
Ketchikan & the Inside Passage (+)
Ketchikan & the Inside Passage (-)
Take the ferry or fly to Ketchikan, Alaska's southernmost city. Explore historic downtown Ketchikan and Creek Street; make sure to pick up a walking tour map at the Visitor Center. Ride eight miles out to Ward Lake for a hike, or pedal 30 miles along the coastline to both ends of the road. Board the ferry to begin your adventure through the Inside Passage. In summer, there’s sunlight until near midnight, so you can stay up late watching the passing mountains, forest and ocean. Many of our routes include an overnight trip between Ketchikan and Juneau. You can reserve a cabin, set up a sleeping bag in one of the lounges, or even pitch a tent on the back deck.
Juneau to Haines and Beyond (+)
Juneau to Haines and Beyond (-)
Get off the ferry in Juneau, "Alaska's Capital City." With more biking and hiking trails than roads, you'll be sure to find the adventure you're looking for. Head to Mendenhall Glacier, then ride into downtown, with its hillside streets lined with charming Gold Rush-era buildings. Slip into a few shops, have lunch, then ride across the bridge to Douglas Island or take the tram to the top of Mount Roberts for a sweeping view of the harbor, sea and mountains. Juneau has many places to overnight, so find a good one and snuggle in.
Next, catch the ferry to Haines, the "Adventure Capital of Alaska." When you arrive, fuel up with some lunch, then take your pick of beautiful rides. You could bike along the fjord walls of Lutak Inlet, along Chilkat River or go off-roading through Chilkat Pass. The next day, ride to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Every fall, thousands of eagles gather here to feed on spawning salmon. Haines connects to the road system, so if you're up for it, you can pedal into Canada and north to mainland Alaska, just be sure to bring your passport.
Return Southbound (+)
Return Southbound (-)
In the morning, enjoy a scenic ride to the ferry terminal for the trip back to Ketchikan. You'll have made the round trip - and done a lot of pedaling in a lot of different places - in less than a week. If you're short on time, you can fly one-way and ferry the other. No matter how you customize your trip, bicycling the Inside Passage aboard the Alaska Marine Highway is the adventure of a lifetime.