Q. If I drive to Alaska, can I put myself and my vehicle on a boat to return to the lower 48? – Mike
A. Great news, Mike. Yes you can. It is a wonderful trip. We have done it a couple times and it is even better than when we went. When we went you had to drive to Haines, AK, board the ferry and then get off in Prince Rupert, BC. When you drive to Haines (I think about 20 or so hours of driving from Anchorage) you actually go thru a part of Canada before you get back into Alaska. I guess you need to look on a map to see what I mean.
Now, the Alaska Marine Highway has expanded their route and you can actually board the ferry in Whittier, AK, south of Anchorage and ride clear to Bellingham, Wa and vice versa. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they have a much reduced schedule in the winter. Of course, the benefit is winter rates.
Here is a number for you to try and a couple websites. Good luck and we’ll see you up here sometime!
Alaska Marine Highway 1-800-382-9229 Their website is: www.akmhs.com As to costs, depends on your size of vehicle. Our Ford F250 could come for $920. and the driver is free in the winter. That might sound like a lot, but if you figure in gas saved, and motel costs, it puts it in a different light. And you have to think of the wonderful adventure you will have; all the seals, dolphins, whales, eagles, and glaciers you will see! It is really a wonderful way to go.