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  • Address: Tongass National Forest, Sitka, Alaska, USA
  • Hours: Daily

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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.

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Ketchikan Rainforest Nature Walk and Sightseeing Cruise, Ketchikan, null
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Ketchikan Rainforest Nature Walk and Sightseeing Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Surround yourself with nature and discover the beauty of Southeast Alaska as you travel by inflatable Seahawk vessel for an exciting cruise to Orca Beach, ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.39
Tongass Rainforest Hiking Expedition, Ketchikan, Walking Tours
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Tongass Rainforest Hiking Expedition

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 20 Reviews

Enjoy a small-group guided hike in the Alaska Rainforest! You will see the variety of plants in Alaska's rainforest and learn traditional medicinal uses. View ...  Read more

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

From USD $99.00
Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour from Ketchikan, Ketchikan, Hiking & Camping
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour from Ketchikan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 151 Reviews

Discover the spectacular scenery of Misty Fjords National Monument from the air on an aerial tour from Ketchikan aboard a floatplane. Home to more than 2 ...  Read more

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

From USD $249.00
Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour, Ketchikan, Air Tours
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Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 88 Reviews

Take a 4-hour guided kayak tour to Clover Pass, with scheduling to fit virtually every cruise ship. This is an amazing waterway with several rainforest ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.00
Ketchikan Floatplane Ride and Crab Feast, Ketchikan, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Ketchikan Floatplane Ride and Crab Feast

4 star rating: Recommended 49 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
Mendenhall Glacier Lake Paddle, Juneau, Air Tours
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Mendenhall Glacier Lake Paddle

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier and Lake from an unparalleled vantage point - the seat of a kayak! Imagine paddling through a glacial wilderness ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $177.45
Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature Walk, Ketchikan, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature Walk

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
Private Ketchikan City Excursion, Ketchikan, Kayaking & Canoeing
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Private Ketchikan City Excursion

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Take your time and see every point on the compass! Ketchikan has so many sights to see and this 4-hour excursion is the way to get them all in without standing ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $550.00
Alaskan Wilderness Off-Road Tour from Ketchikan, Ketchikan, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Alaskan Wilderness Off-Road Tour from Ketchikan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Experience the Alaskan wilderness from the driver’s seat of a Tomcar off-road utility vehicle on this Ketchikan adventure tour. In the dense rainforest 30 ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $209.00
Alaska Side By Side Nature Safari, Sitka, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Alaska Side By Side Nature Safari

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the Tongass National Forest with Yamaha Rhino side by side OHVs. You will beautiful forest and meadow areas and view wildlife such as Alaska Coastal ...  Read more

Location: Sitka, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $275.00

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