Alaska Excursions

Alaska Excursions

A wide range of trips throughout Southcentral Alaska.

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Photos and stories from the last great race.

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Ferry and cruise trips near Anchorage

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Mat-Su, Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound, Copper River accommodations

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.

Inside Passage lodging: Juneau, Ketchikan and more

Visitors to Southeast Alaska have a lot of choices in lodging, from chain hotels in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan to fishing and hunting lodges tucked away on the shores of the Inside Passage.

Western Alaska lodging: Kodiak, Nome, Bethel and more

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.

Northern Alaska lodging: Barrow and Kotzebue

Hotels in Barrow and Kotzebue, in Northern Alaska, cater to tour groups, which arrive by plane from Anchorage or Fairbanks.

Interior lodging and restaurants: Fairbanks, Denali and more

Interior Alaska has a broad range of accommodations, from rustic cabins to hotel suites with kitchens.

Anchorage-area hotels, B&Bs, hostels, lodges and resorts

Lodging in Alaska

Green buses shuttle visitors into Denali

Flightseeing at Denali

Denali campground guide

Bus service to Denali

Limited offer: Drive Denali for free

Tundra wildlife and natural history tours

Rafting the Nenana reveals Denali's wet side

Alaska Railroad to Denali

Reserve campsite, bus ticket early for Denali trip

Hiking and backcountry camping at Denali

Denali Institute ecosystem courses

Hotels, campgrounds, lodges welcome visitors

Driving Denali in autumn

Denali climate and sunshine

Driving to Denali

Ferry and cruise trips near Anchorage

Driving in Anchorage

Day trips south of Anchorage

Day trips north of Anchorage

A city of parks

Savvy shopping in Anchorage

Finding history

Attractions around Anchorage

Downtown Anchorage attractions

Kayaking a perfect sea -- Prince William Sound

Rafting and kayaking are good across North

River kayaking and rafting in Alaska

Kayaking the icy waters

Harvesting glacier ice

Ice worms on the glacier

Why is glacier ice blue?

Worthington Glacier

Kennicott Glacier

Matanuska Glacier

Exit Glacier

Glaciers in the distance

Other glaciers reachable by land

See the glaciers up close

Roadside glaciers

Flightseeing at Denali

Flightseeing over Alaska's bush

Flightseeing in Alaska

Big catch, big cash

Ecotours in Alaska

Alaskans cruise Alaska

Health inspections of ships

Cruise lines serving Alaska

Alaska ports of call

Cruises in Alaska

Bird Creek is considered instant outdoors

Inside Passage camping

Arctic welcomes campers

Public-use cabins are convenient and inexpensive

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.

Ferry schedule

Read the ferry schedule and fares.

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