Southeast Alaska, referred to as the ‘Southeast Panhandle’ is made up of more than a thousand islands that stretch approximately 500 miles from Yakutat to Dixon Entrance.
Only three communities in Southeast are connected to the road system: Haines, Skagway and Hyder.
For most Southeast communities, the principal means of transportation is either by air or sea.
The Alaska State ferries travel the Inside Passage year-round. Departing from Bellingham, Washington or Prince Rupert, British Columbia, the ferries make stops in Ketchikan, Hollis (Prince of Wales), Wrangell, Petersburg, Kake, Sitka, Angoon, Tenakee, Hoonah, Juneau, Haines and Skagway.
If you plan to travel and bring a vehicle between the 1st of May and the 1st of October, make your ferry reservations at least six months in advance – the ferries fill fast.
Alaska Airlines is the major airline for most of Southeast Alaska. The airline flies into Yakutat, Glacier Bay, Petersburg, Juneau, Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan.
All of the more remote areas are reachable by small planes. In Ketchikan we suggest Southeast Aviation for all of your air taxi needs. (For sightseeing or transportation between most Southeast cities and remote areas.)