Prince of Wales Island
Shaped by the staggering force of massive glaciers millions of years ago, Alaska”s Inside Passage boasts of wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery â€” habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises and whales. Its mountains are carpeted with majestic forests. Inside Passage Alaska is home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians whose history is reflected in towering totem poles. Its early Russian settlers left a legacy of onion-domed churches gleaming with icons.
Ketchikan: Often called Alaska”s first city, Ketchikan is the first port of call for visitors traveling north by cruise or ferry on the famed Inside Passage. Ketchikan offers a wide variety of activities for visitors. Fishermen enjoy a visit to the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’. Outdoor activities abound in Misty Fjords National Monument and Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the U.S. The forests and scenery are kept a lush green, thanks to an average of 162 inches of precipitation a year. Cultural visitors appreciate views of the largest collection of totem poles in the world. Visitors traveling to Ketchikan by plane, will actually land on Gravina Island and take a short ferry from the airport to town.
Wrangell: Four distinct groups of people have shaped the history of Wrangell- the Russians, English, Americans and the Tlingit Indians. While in Wrangell, learn more about the area”s history by visiting Chief Shakes Island & Tribal House or by exploring Petroglyph Beach and searching for prehistoric rock carvings. When prospectors first came to the area, they sought out the "gateway to the Stikine," a river that now offers wildlife, glaciers and hot springs.
Petersburg: Residents celebrate their Norwegian culture with decorative rose-maling (traditional Norwegian painting) on houses and storefronts, and a rousing Little Norway Festival every May. From town, enjoy an excursion to LeConte Glacier, the southern most active tidewater glacier in North America.
Prince of Wales Island: Step back in time and experience the abundant wildlife, rugged mountainous terrain, un-crowded waters and scenic splendor of Prince of Wales Island. Located just 600 miles north of Seattle, it is the third largest island in the U.S. Fishes like King salmon, halibut or steelheads are easily spotted. Enjoy 1,500 miles of roads or boat around 990 miles of shoreline and outlying islands. There is plenty of kayaking, camping, boating, whale and bird watching, totem parks and fishing villages rich in Native culture for all visitors to enjoy.