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Marine Highway System of AK
Cruising Along the Southern Alaskan Coastline
Alaska Marine Highway System
Alaska is only the largest state in the United States, so how can visitors take in scenic port cities, stunning state parks, and a national park or two during their time in AK? The answer: the Alaska Marine Highway System – a ferry service traveling along the southern coast of Alaska.
Established in 1949 as part of the National Highway System, the AMHS encompasses more than 3,500 miles of the Gulf of Alaska’s beautiful waters.
Operated by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, the AMHS actually starts in Bellingham, Washington, and arches across the scenic coast until the end of the line in Dutch Harbor, Alaska – set on Amaknak Island. The AMHS is generally divided into three sections: the southeastern coast, south-central coast, and southwestern coast.
Stops along the southeastern Alaskan coast include Juneau and Ketchikan – home to the AMHS headquarters. This eastern section of the circuit puts travelers next to the Misty Fjords National Park, and the Point Bridget State Park. Central Alaska has stops in Valdez – just north of the Chugach National Forest. Other lively Alaskan cities along the AMHS include Kodiak and Homer – plus Alaskan attractions like the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitors Center, the Baranov Museum, and wildlife galore.
Bring a sweater and your sense of adventure, and find a spot along the rail on the Alaska Marine Highway System.
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