The Alaska Marine Highway has been classified as one of America's scenic by-ways. I took this picture on the way to Petersburg from Sitka. I enjoy seeing the varied shades the distant islands take on.
Most folks fly into Petersburg, but I think the best way to see southeast Alaska, is to take the ferry or a small cruise ship. The ferry is reasonable in price and you can bring a vehicle. A small cruise ship offers more information and exploration of the surrounding areas. Whichever you choose, you are in for a treat. Whales are common sightings, along with sealions, seals and even an occasion porpoise. Go to:
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This picture was taken on the way to Petersburg after passing northern ports on the Alaska Marine Highway. Those pesky whales don't come close enough to the boat!