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America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives

America's Most Scenic Waterside Drives: Alaska Maritime Highway, Alaska

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.

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