Q. Arlen would like to know: If I drive the Alcan Highway from the U. S. to its northern extreme can I ferry my vehicle back to Seattle?
A. Yes, you can. Many people do that very thing. The Alcan Highway is an adventure to be sure, but it is also very long and maybe not something you want to do twice in a row. I believe you can take the ferry all the way to Bellingham, Washington, just north of Seattle now, although a lot of people opt to get off in Prince Rupert, B. C.; thereby having a bit of a scenic drive thru that part of Canada. You can put your car on at Whittier, just south of Anchorage. The cost depends on what kind of car you are driving of course. They figure it by length. I know, however, that winter rates for a minivan are $1,407.00. In the winter the driver rides the ferry free; but additional passengers are $529.00. Winter rates start October 1st. The trip can be anywhere from 3 days to a week depending on whether you are leaving from Whittier or Haines, AK. and depending on how many days they lay over in Juneau.
You can talk directly to the Alaska Marine Highway by calling 1-800-382-9229.
The Alcan Highway is passable all year round and is very well maintained. Daylight hours are limited in the winter, however, so it is hard to get in a good long day if you don’t like driving in the dark.