In the Aleutians, the Alaska Marine Highway, the state's amazing ferry system, makes one trip a month between Kodiak and Dutch Harbor/Unalaska from April through October. It’s not for the hurried traveler, however; expect four to five days of travel each way and minimal on-boat luxuries. With many stops in far-flung towns, the ferry is a truly memorable way to get a full taste of Alaska’s massive geography, unparalleled natural scenery, and medley of local cultures.
Alaska Marine Highway. 800/642–0066; 907/465–3941; www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs.