2013's Best Ten-Day Vacations
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Alaska Marine Highway System
Everyone has done a road trip. A lot of people have taken cruises. But Alaska’s ferry routes are so crucial in connecting its far-flung settlements that they’re called a “marine highway system.” Have you ever done that? Of the 1.6 million visitors to Alaska last year, 48 percent traveled by ship, 47 percent by air, and only 1 percent by ferry. In honor of the marine highway's 50th anniversary in 2013, piece together a week on the Inside Passage (from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to Haines, Alaska), Southcentral (Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska), and Southwest (Kodiak to Dutch Harbor). You’ll come away with a much deeper understanding of Alaska than any cruise-ship passenger possesses. Bonus tip: If you fly in and out of Anchorage, don’t treat it as merely a stopover city. It’s home to a surprisingly cosmopolitan core, plus a plethora of outdoors options await within the city limits.
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