Alaskan ferries take walk-on passengers, cars, and RV’s up to 60′ feet long on most ships. Alaska Ferry .
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The trip from Bellingham, Washington to Ketchikan takes approx 38 hours while the trip from Prince Rupert, BC is only about 6 hours long.
There are two ways to go from Washington to Alaska by sea. The first is the Alaska Marine Highway state ferry system, which departs from Bellingham, Washington, before traveling to Prince Rupert, Canada, then traveling north through Alaska’s Inside Passage, a chain of island communities in Southeast Alaska .
Sadly, there is no rail connection through Canada to Alaska , but there are plenty of amazing ways to get here. There are four main ways to reach Alaska . By flying, by cruise ship, using the state ferry system or by driving the Alaska Highway through Canada.
You can sleep anywhere except the dining room, bar, main thoroughfares, and the car deck. A final note: If you’re hauling a car with you on your Alaska ferry adventure, you won’t be able to sleep there. It’s tempting, but they’re pretty serious about safety and security. I’ve seen some pretty excellent setups inside.
RV parks in most Alaskan and Canadian cities are plentiful and easily accessible. Planning an RV trip on the ferry needs special consideration prior to booking a reservation. Sleeping in your RV is against Coast Guard regulations while the ship is underway, so cabins with bunk beds are available on most vessels.
The Cheapest Way to Alaska — Flying remains the cheapest and by far the simplest way to get to Alaska . Take other means only for the adventure, not for the savings. Round-trip train, ferry, and bus fare between Seattle and Anchorage costs considerably more than a good airfare between the same cities.
Driving to Alaska From Seattle And even if you’re not stopping along the way except for rest, food, and gas you’ll still need to allot nearly a week for the trip, which factors in about eight hours of driving a day.
U.S. citizens flying between another state and Alaska do not need a passport . However, those driving through Canada or traveling on a ferry or cruise ship with stops in Canada are required to carry one. All non U.S. citizens will need a passport and possibly other documents to enter.
The Seward Highway which connects from Anchorage down to the town of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula is hands down one of the most dangerous roads in all of Alaska . The awe-inspiring scenery alone on this 127-mile stretch is literally enough to distract drivers into on oncoming lane or off of the road.
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Alaska is most certainly American, but it’s more than 2,000 miles away from the nearest state, Washington. Getting there with a vehicle requires either driving through Canada or taking a ferry.
If you are a U.S. Citizen and your Alaska cruise begins and ends in the same US port ( Seattle , San Francisco, Los Angeles) you are not currently required to travel with a passport to Alaska . All cruise lines and WMPH Vacations highly recommend you carry a valid passport .
Denali is definately worth it. Spend some time and get off the bus and do some hiking in Denali . Also, if you can afford it – try to go on a Mt. McKinley flight tour with a company like Talkeetna Air Taxi, or someone else.
|Route||Adventure Class Adult/Child (2-11) (VALUE PRICING)||GoldStar Service Adult/Child (2-11) (VALUE PRICING)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Talkeetna||$88/44||$208/116 (B)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Denali||$141/71||$281 /162 (B) (L)|
|Anchorage/Wasilla to Fairbanks||$201/101||$397/235 (B) (L) (D)|
|Talkeetna to Anchorage||$88/44||$222 /129 (D)|