Alaska's ferry system is a fun, affordable and scenic way to travel
<em>MV Columbia</em> sets sail at sunset from Bellingham WA for Ketchikan AK © Erich Tritz

Alaska Insider, Elaine Schroeder – Juneau, AK

"Take the ferry to Alaska." Elaine's advice to friends from the Lower 48 who are thinking of visiting Alaska is to fly to Washington and catch the ferry north. "The ferry is just a gorgeous way to travel, with wonderful scenery and wildlife. It's fun and you can stop wherever you want."

That's exactly how Elaine and her husband, Bob first came to Alaska 32 years ago and they have lived here ever since. Read more from Elaine.

View of Sand Point © Laura Tanis

Sand Point – Largest Fishing Fleet in the Chain

Known as Qagun Tayagungin, Sand Point is the largest community in the area and is located in the eastern portion of the Aleutian Chain. A treasure nestled in the heart of the Alaska Peninsula, the community of 1,000 rests on the northwest corner of Popof Island. Sand Point was originally a cod-fishing station and trading post, a collective of the surrounding Aleuts and many Scandinavian fishermen that plied their trade in the area. Today, the community boasts the largest fishing fleet in the Aleutian Chain. Visit Sand Point on a 9 Day Aleutian Islands Adventure, or spend three days in Sand Point and catch the ferry back to Homer.