Alaska is a big place with 656,425 square miles of rugged wilderness, scenic beauty, and abundant wildlife. Which means traveling in Alaska presents some unique challenges as well as opportunities. Unlike the 'Lower 48,' many of our communities are not accessible by a land-based road system, making the primary means of travel to them by air or sea. Therefore, the Alaska Marine Highway makes up a large part of our highway system covering 3,500 miles of coastline that stretches from Bellingham, WA to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Chain. A route so special it has been designated a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road, the only marine route with this designation. Discover the individual vessel routes that make up the AMHS ferry route.