A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.
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Southcentral towns outside Anchorage often have a wide selection of lodging to accommodate visitors who come to town for a weekend's relaxation, to fish or to show off the state to relatives.
Western Alaska's grand expanse of terrain, water and wildlife attracts many visitors with an interest in the outdoors. Its larger cities -- Kodiak, Bethel, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Nome -- put up quite a few visitors and governmental and commercial guests for the night.
Hotels in Barrow and Kotzebue, in Northern Alaska, cater to tour groups, which arrive by plane from Anchorage or Fairbanks.
Interior Alaska has a broad range of accommodations, from rustic cabins to hotel suites with kitchens.
Whittier and Seward provide closest ferry service
Anchorage is not served by the Alaska Marine Highway System, but it is occasionally visited by cruise liners.
The city's port is generally busy with container ships, although the construction of more docks has been proposed.
The closest ferry ports are Whittier (63 miles south of downtown Anchorage) and Seward (127 miles). Bus and rail service is available to both locations.
Whittier and Seward are destination ports close to Anchorage. From there, passengers are delivered to Anchorage by train or bus.
A handful of liners call in Anchorage each year.
The ferry Bartlett serves Prince William Sound, connecting Whittier, Valdez, Cordova, Chenega Bay and Tatitek.
The ferry Tustumena connects Seward in the summer with Valdez, Kodiak, Port Lions, Seldovia, Homer. Once a month the Tusty sails west as far as Unalaska/Dutch Harbor.
Once a month from April through October, the ferry system sails across the Gulf of Alaska, connecting both Seward and Valdez with the Inside Passage city of Juneau. In Juneau, passengers connect with other ferries moving up and down the Inside Passage.
Read the ferry schedule and fares.