Sailing South on the Alaska Marine Highway

Meeting new friends on the ferry is a favorite part of the trip!

Alaska’s famed Inside Passage is best explored by boat, so that’s just what we’re going to do.

AKontheGO is ready to embark on the last leg of a southeast Alaska adventure aboard the steady ‘blue canoes’ of the Alaska Marine Highway System, or AMHS, sailing this morning from Juneau, and arriving in Bellingham, WA early Friday morning.

The Alaska Marine Highway is a 1,200-mile waterway of epic proportions; the combination of scenery, wildlife, and people make for a truly Alaskan experience, especially with kids. While we’ve sailed many times aboard AMHS ferries, this is the first time we’ve sailed all the way south to the terminus at Bellingham, and AK Kid has his binoculars and camera ready.

Since internet and phone service will be decidedly lacking (and most welcome) for the duration of our trip, the blog will be quiet for a few days, but check back on Friday afternoon, because we’ll be full of photographs, stories, and recommendations for your own family vacation sailing aboard the Alaska Marine Highway.

In the meantime, here are some photos of past trips to whet your appetite.

P.S. If you happen to be a northwest Washington reader, stop by Village Books in Bellingham on Sunday, June 8, for a presentation and book-signing event at 4 p.m. It’ll be great fun, and the Alaska Marine Highway System is featured prominently in the pages of ‘Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children!” 

Stunning scenery makes an Alaska Marine Highway trip worth every minute.

Ask at the purser's office for a bridge tour; fun for kids and adults!

A 'blue canoe' makes its way along Stephen's Passage near Juneau.

A sunny day means lots of fun on deck of an Alaska Marine Highway ferry.


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