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Old 03-11-19, 10:19 PM
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Tour the U.S.A.

My wife and I took a Ferry last summer from our home state of Alaska, to Bellingham Washington. We then headed East for Virginia Beach. Iím 57 & my wife is 46. It took us 77 days to complete the trip of a lifetime. If youíve ever thought about doing something like this, I strongly recommend it. I use to bicycle a little when in my twenties, but other then that Iím a full-on rookie. My wife is an ex college athlete, and Iím not trying to tell you it was easy, but most of it is ď guts & determination ď. GO PREPARED! We met people all the way across the U.S. that took us into there homes! Now I canít say that is normal but that was our experience. Talk about restoring my faith in the PEOPLE of this great country! YOU can do it too!
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Where's the blog or You Tube links?
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Originally Posted by Rollingthru
Talk about restoring my faith in the PEOPLE of this great country!
My tours always reaffirm this fact too. The interwebs can make you feel that the good people are outliers, when touring you find out the opposite is true.

Congrats on a successful tour!

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Cool.
Is there an All America route that includes Alaska? Including ferry of course. Seems like there should be.
Hawaii is a bit too far away to make it more inclusive.
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It's been done but I'm not sure there is an official route.

Here's connected 48:


Here's connected 49:

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I like it. I was originally thinking of just a Trans America Plus that included Alaska and Hawaii, but the 50 state route is cool. Part of the point is to not need a passport
which would require using the ferry from Washington to Alaska.
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Originally Posted by willibrord
I like it. I was originally thinking of just a Trans America Plus that included Alaska and Hawaii, but the 50 state route is cool. Part of the point is to not need a passport
which would require using the ferry from Washington to Alaska.
If you want Alaska you have go through Canada. I think you need at least a Passport card.
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I mapped out a route, long compared to what I know is possible now, for the entire lower 48 several years back that was around 7500 miles...and to think I did an 8500 mile trip back in 2015 and never made into any state in/west of the Rockies. Granted I was trying to hit state capitols not go for the shortest distance.
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Originally Posted by BigAura
If you want Alaska you have go through Canada. I think you need at least a Passport card.
I was looking at the ferry website, It looks like you can go from Bellingham WA (near Seattle) to Whittier AK (near Anchorage) without getting off In Canada, so no passport required.
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+ You Can board in Seattle, ride in Alaska , then get back on the boat , & go back to the lower 48 ..

Spring and Autumn, cruise liners transit the pacific coast , changing from winter in Tropical Seas , to Summer off the BC /AK coasts ..







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Your dreams are your dreams and there's no wrong answer - but a passport (for nearly all US citizens) is no big deal.

https://traveltips.usatoday.com/coul...ort-21221.html

Fun fact: other destinations US citizens can travel without a passport include Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Fine print: you can't touch at a foreign port or place, so make sure the Alaskan Ferry you travel on doesn't make a port of call in Canada!
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Your dreams are your dreams and there's no wrong answer - but a passport (for nearly all US citizens) is no big deal.

https://traveltips.usatoday.com/coul...ort-21221.html

Fun fact: other destinations US citizens can travel without a passport include Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Fine print: you can't touch at a foreign port or place, so make sure the Alaskan Ferry you travel on doesn't make a port of call in Canada!
For real? Do the Alaska ferries going to Whittier stop in Canada? I would need a passport even if I don't get off? That is bizarre. How can Canada control what documents American citizens have to carry?
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Originally Posted by willibrord
For real? Do the Alaska ferries going to Whittier stop in Canada? I would need a passport even if I don't get off? That is bizarre. How can Canada control what documents American citizens have to carry?
Canada doesn't. FWIW, you can go into Canada without a passport. It is getting back into America once you have left (or once your boat has touched another port) that is your issue, as you will go through American immigration and customs.

Also worth noting, many border states and some others now offer "enhanced" drivers IDs that allow you land and sea border crossings. I've got one from Michigan, just so I can pop over to Windsor or Sarnia or teh Soo Canada without needing my passport.
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Yes, there are ferries from Washington state that don't stop in Canandian ports before they land in Alaska.

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How can Canada control what documents American citizens have to carry?
Don't blame our Canadian friends! It's a US State Department rule.

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Originally Posted by jefnvk
Also worth noting, many border states and some others now offer "enhanced" drivers IDs that allow you land and sea border crossings. I've got one from Michigan, just so I can pop over to Windsor or Sarnia or teh Soo Canada without needing my passport.
Why?
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Why?
Commerce & trade are a good thing

So is being friends with your neighbors.

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Originally Posted by willibrord
Why?
So I can go to Canada without needing my passport, using the document I already carry in my wallet.

Then again, I guess far fewer states (5) offer them than I thought: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enhanc...er%27s_license
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Originally Posted by jefnvk
So I can go to Canada without needing my passport, using the document I already carry in my wallet.

Then again, I guess far fewer states (5) offer them than I thought: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enhanc...er%27s_license
Yeah okay, I just wondered if there is good cycling in those places, can't say I've heard of them.
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