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Inside Passage and Tongass National Forest

The Tongass National Forest covers 17 million acres and includes islands, mountains, glaciers, ice fields, fjords, waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife. Included in the forest is Prince of Wales Island, one of the largest islands in the US. On the island is El Capitan cave, with a network of passages. Tours of the cave are offered by the Forest Service during the summer months.
The Forest Service also provides rental cabins, most of which are accessible only by air.
Official site:
Address: 648 Mission Street, Federal Building, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6591, United States

Misty Fiords National Monument

Misty Fiords National Monument, located along the southern border of Tongass National Forest, was established in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter. It is an uninhabited area of wilderness and home to an abundance of wildlife. It was named Misty Fiords due to the almost constant precipitation in the area.
Misty Fiords is a popular area for kayaking, camping, fishing, hiking, and sightseeing. The area is frequently visited by cruise ships or chartered boats. Ketchikan is the usual starting point for tours of Misty Fiords.
Address: Box 6117, Ketchikan, AK 99901, United States


Tunnel of an old gold mine around Salmon Glacier, Hyder.
Hyder, named after Frederick Hyder a Canadian mining engineer, was an important mining area in the 1920s. Gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc and tungsten were mined here until the 1950s, when the mines closed and the town became little more than a ghost town. Today the economy is based primarily on tourism.

Inside Passage

Humpback whale on the Inside Passage.
The Inside Passage in southeast Alaska offers incredible scenery of glaciers, mountains, and ocean, and is home to an abundance of wildlife. This area is also inhabited by the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian Indians.
The most popular way to visit the area is to cruise through the fiords on cruiseships, charter boats, and private yachts, or to stop off the highway at Haines, Skagway, or Hyder.





Wrangell Museum, Wrangell

Sunrise on the mountains of Wrangell Island.
Wrangell Museum houses a variety of cultural and natural historical items. Displays include minerals, petroglyphs, baskets, carved items, photos, fishing, trapping and forestry equipment, Chinese and Japanese collections, and other miscellaneous items.

Clausen Memorial Museum, Petersburg

Lights of the south harbor at night in Petersburg.
Clausen Memorial Museum provides information and displays on commercial fishing and canning, the Tlingit people, and other miscellaneous items related to the history of the area.
A 126 lb king salmon is on display along with a Tlingit dugout canoe, tools and artifacts. Furniture, clothing, photographs, business and personal items from local residents are also exhibited at the Clausen Memorial Museum to present home and community life.

Wrangell-St Elias National Park

Grave marker in McCarthy Cemetery, Wrangell-St Elias National Park.
The Wrangell-St Elias National Park is the largest and most magnificent of the National Parks of Alaska, with nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States. This grandiose mountain region on the frontier with Canada contains numerous glaciers, lakes and mountain streams and is home to a rich variety of wild life. It is superb country for climbers, walkers and water sports enthusiasts.
Official site:
Address: 106.8 Old Richardson Highway, Copper Center, AK 99573, United States

George Ashby Memorial Museum, Copper Center

Northern lights seen from Copper Center.
The George Ashby Memorial Museum offers displays on the history of the Copper River Valley, including gold and copper mining, and the Russian influence. It is located in an old log cabin that ws built in 1898, during the Gold Rush.

Hubbard Glacier

Close up of Hubbard Glacier where it meets the sea.
Hubbard Glacier is 76 miles long, 6 miles wide and 300 feet deep, making it the largest in North America. It is known as a fast flowing glacier and as "Galloping Glacier".
In 1986, Hubbard Glacier temporarily closed the connection between Russell Fiord and Disenchantment Bay. In 2002, this happened again and scientists predict this will happen in the future!
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