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Old 10-18-2009, 06:01 AM
 
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We're contemplating a trip to Alaska with friends summer 2010 and were wondering about renting a car in Juneau, having a look at the local area, and then taking the car by ferry over to Sitka for a few days. Two of us will be going on to Petersburg from Sitka (probably by ferry) while two others will be headed back to Juneau and flying home. My question, does it help to have a car in Sitka, which looks to be a town for walking, and does it make sense to head over to Sitka from Juneau by ferry rather than taking a short flight. Not knowing the area, and having not used the ferry system before, I'd like some advice from wiser folks who know what works and what doesn't.

Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:02 AM
 
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Is nice to have a car in Sitka, but not necessary for a few days' stay. Many of the cultural sites are within walking distance, as are some trailheads. Your biggest issue without a car would be getting to town from the ferry, but I've found locals are quick to offer rides.
It's not cheap to take a car on the ferry. For the best trip (in my eyes) I'd take the ferry to Sitka without the car, then fly back to Juneau in the daytime. Those short flights can be spectacular!
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