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  • Address: Tongass National Forest
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Tongass National Forest

Encompassing 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest is the largest forest in the United States. Originally the Alexander Archipelago Forest Reserve, a project of Theodore Roosevelt started in 1902, the park was developed and renamed in 1908 to pay homage to the Tongass Clan of the Tlingit Indians. Visitors to Tongass National Forest have an enormous array of activities and experiences to choose from: bird-watching, trekking, fishing (there are five species of salmon here, among other fish), camping, visiting glaciers, lake canoeing, off-roading and just relishing pure fresh air and pristine natural beauty. In fact, there are 17,000 miles (27,359 kilometers) of lakes, creeks and rivers to enjoy within the forest. Wildlife is also prevalent, with chances to view otters, brown and black bears, wolves, eagles and Sitka black-tailed deer.

Those who truly want to experience the best of the Tongass National Forest can kayak on Amalga Harbor to see the famous Mendenhall, Eagle and Herbert glaciers while also keeping an eye out for whales, birds, seals, porpoises and sea lions. There are also opportunities for hiking and lake canoeing in the forest, which can be done in a Native American-style canoe. Before visiting the Tongass National Forest, you may want to visit the Tongass Historical Museum in Ketchikan to learn about the area’s geography and Native Alaskan heritage.

Practical Info

Tongass National Forest covers most of Southeast Alaska and surrounds the Inside Passage.

Tours & Tickets

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Ketchikan Floatplane Ride and Crab Feast

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Combine two quintessential Alaskan experiences — a floatplane ride and a Dungeness crab feast — on this memorable tour from Ketchikan. Start with a ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $229.00

Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Welcome to Glacier Gardens, a uniquely designed rainforest botanical garden nestled in the midst of Tongass National Forest. On a guided tour, learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.20

Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature Walk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Explore Ketchikan the way the natives did on this rainforest canoe trip and nature walk. On this 3.5-hour Alaskan tour, paddle through a pristine lake in the ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 3.5 hours

From USD $105.44

Ketchikan Zipline Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

If you’re thinking, “Zipline tour? Been there, done that,” maybe you just need to up the ante. This thrilling zipline tour in Tongass National Forest will have ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $179.00

Tongass Wildlife Kayaking Adventure

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Experience the tranquility of the Alaskan wilderness as you paddle on the waterways in search of local fauna on a Tongass Wildlife Kayaking Adventure.

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $145.95

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