Alaska Marine Highway Inside Passage
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All routes within the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) are, collectively, an All-American Road. Locals and visitors ride Alaskan ferries together in a relaxed atmosphere, through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

The "Inside Passage," extending from Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia north to Skagway, is a region of dramatic fjords, pristine islands, and forests of tall hemlock and spruce. Rich in history, the towns and villages of the Inside Passage will provide a unique opportunity to explore the region's abundant and diverse cultural experiences and scenic wonders.

Alaska's fast ferry, the M/V Fairweather.
Peter Metcalf, Alaska DOT&PF

Byway Highlights

  • Over 1,500 islands protect this route from large Pacific Ocean surges.
  • Visit Juneau, home to the Alaska State Capitol and the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier.
  • Grab a pole and see why Ketchikan is the salmon capitol of the state.
  • Check out why the little fishing community of Petersburg is called Alaska's "Little Norway."
  • Explore Sitka for its early Russian influence and rich Tlinget culture. Sitka was the capital of Russian America and Alaska's first state capital.
  • In Skagway, walk in the footsetps of gold hungry prospectors headed for the Klondike.

Calendar of Annual Events


  • Russian Christmas & Starring
    Sitka 907-747-8120
  • Alcan 200 International Snowmachine Race
    Haines, 907-766-2503
  • Annual Polar Bear Swim
    Wrangell, 907-874-2381


  • Sitka Jazz Festival
    Sitka, 907-747-5940
  • Tent City Festival
    Wrangell, 907-874-2381
  • Garnet Festival
    Wrangell, 907-874-2381


  • Buckwheat Ski Classic
    Skagway, 907-983-2544


  • Alaska Folk Festival
    Juneau, 800-587-2201
  • “Big Air” Competition
    Haines, 907-766-2234


  • Alaska Craftbeer & Homebrew Festival
    Haines, 907-766-2476
  • Juneau Jazz & Classics
    Juneau, 907-463-3378
  • Little Norway Festival
    Petersburg, 907-772-3646


  • Sitka Summer Music Festival
    Sitka, 907-277-4852
  • Kluane to Chilkat Bike Relay
    Haines, 907-766-2202
  • Summer Solstice Celebration
    Haines, 907-766-2476
  • Fools Run
    Juneau, 800-587-2201
  • Annual Seafest
    Prince Rupert, B.C.


  • Fourth of July celebrations


  • Southeast Alaska State Fair & Bald Eagle Music Festival
    Haines, 907-766-2202
  • Blueberry Arts Festival
    Ketchikan, 907-225-2211


  • Klondike Road Relay
    Skagway & Whitehorse


  • Alaska Day Festival
    Sitka, 907-747-8806


  • Alaska Bald Eagle Festival
    Haines, 907-766-3094
  • Sitka Whalefest
    Sitka, 907-747-6455

Visitor Contact Information

Off-Loading an RV. photo by Joshua Roper, Alaska DOT&PF


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