America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives
Alaska Marine Highway / Joshua Roper
Alaska Maritime Highway, Alaska
Starting Point: Anchorage
The Route: Glenn Highway (Route 1) and Richardson Highway (Route 4) to the Maritime Highway system (Valdez via Cordova to Whittier) and finally the Seward Highway (Route 9) back to Anchorage
What to Expect: Bring your zoom lens on this land-and-sea odyssey—part of this National Scenic Byway is actually one of America’s most beautiful ferry rides. Experience the grandeur of Alaska’s colossal wilderness, abundant sea life, and glaciers, capped off with a water-top trek on ferries through Prince William Sound before a return trip on the popular Seward Highway.
Where to Stop: Ramshackle Copper Center for sourdough pancakes; Columbia Glacier to watch icebergs calve and sea lions frolic; Cordova, a remote fishing village on the Orca Inlet.