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Alaska Marine Highway Gulf Coast Route

All routes within the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) are, collectively, an All-American Road. The Gulf Coast Route of the All-American Road encompasses the Alaska Marine Highway service in Southcentral Alaska, Kodiak and the Aleutian Islands.

Prince William Sound

The Prince William Sound ferry routes take you through the incredible beauty of the Gulf of Alaska and Lower Cook Inlet. Glaciers and fjords, concentrations of seabirds and marine wildlife may be seen at every turn. The AMHS ferry transits Prince William Sound daily during the summer, linking towns and villages and providing visitors access to a bounty of recreational and sight-seeing opportunities.

MV Tustumena leaving Homer, Alaska DOT&PF

Kodiak & the Aleutians

From the gentle coastal grasslands of its islands to the rumbling snow-capped volcanoes along its shores, Southwest Alaska is a region known for its spirit of adventure. Stretching from Kodiak Island to the Aleutian Chain, it is home to the largest brown bears in the world, as well as walrus, seals, dozens of species of seabirds, giant halibut and plentiful salmon runs. It also has many rich cultural and historical treasures.

Master Interpretive Plan for the Alaska Marine Highway, Kodiak, and the Aleutians Segment - June 2009

The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Ascension is Unalaska's most famous landmark. Credit: Aneta Synan, ADOT&PF

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  • Learn about Prince William Sound's abundant marine life at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.
  • Sail along the Pacific "Rim of Fire," which traverses the Alaska Peninsula out to the Aleutian Islands.
  • Ride the ferry to the Marine Highway's westernmost port, Unalaska, bombed by the Japanese during WW II and now home to a large fishing fleet.
  • Valdez is the terminus of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and an extreme skier's paradise.
  • Use Homer as a base to explore or fish beautiful Kachemak Bay.
  • Make Kodiak your destination for unmatched fishing and outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. The world's largest carnivore, the legendary Kodiak Brown Bear, calls the island home.

Calendar of a nnual Events


  • Russian Christmas and Starring
    Regionwide, January 7-9
  • Russian New Year & Masquerade Ball


  • Polar Bear Run
    Unalaska, 907-581-1297


  • Comfish Alaska
    3rd largest commercial fishing show on the Pacific Coast
    Kodiak, 907-486-5557


  • Whalefest: A Migration Celebration
    Kodiak, 907-486-3737


  • Koniag's Kodiak Crab Festival
    Memorial Day weekend
  • Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
    Homer, 235-7740


  • Fourth of July celebrations
  • Mount Ballyhoo Run
    Unalaska, 907-581-1297
  • Bear Country Music Festival
    Kodiak, 907-486-7004


  • Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo
    Labor Day Weekend
    Kodiak, 907-487-4488
  • Blueberry Bash
    Last weekend in September
    Unalaska, 907-581-2612


  • Run the Rock Marathon
    Kodiak, 907-486-4782
  • Zombie Run
    Kodiak, 907-486-4782


  • Harbor Stars - Christmas Fleet Parade
    Kodiak, 907-486-8080
  • New Years Eve Fireworks
    Unalaska, 907-581-1251

Visitor Contact Information

Alaska Marine Highway System

ADF&G Wildlife Viewing Information

Aleutian World War II Nat'l Historic Area

Homer Visitor Information Center
201 Sterling Highway, Homer, AK 99603

Kodiak Island Visitor's Bureau
100 Marine Way STE 200, Kodiak, AK 99615

Southwest Alaska Visitor Information

Unalaska/Port of Dutch Harbor Visitor's Bureau
PO Box 545, Unalaska, AK 99685

See Kodiak brown bears in their natural habitat. Alaska DOT&PF
Aleutians World War II Visitor Center in Unalaska. Peter Metcalfe, Alaska DOT&PF


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