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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.

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Ketchikan Electric Bike and Rain Forest Hike Ecotour

Ketchikan Electric Bike and Rain Forest Hike Ecotour

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Ride an electric bike to the end of Ketchikan's 'road to nowhere' and then hike thorough a wildlife-rich rain forest on this combo eco-tour. Pedal from the marina to the end of the island's paved road system on a battery-powered bike, and then dismount to trek through the wilderness of the Tongass National Forest, following a trail that passes an active salmon-spawning stream, a waterfall, beach views, and dense foliage that's home to an array of native Alaskan wildlife.
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  • 4 hours
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US$153.25
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Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour

Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour

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While in port in Ketchikan, take to the skies over stunning Misty Fjords National Monument on this 1-hour flighted tour. Board a floatplane and fly over the lakes, sheer cliffs and waterfalls of Misty Fjords, a part of Tongass National Forest covering more than 2 million acres (900,000 hectares) of alpine wilderness. Keep an eye out for any wildlife including bears, eagles and other marine life. Tour duration includes a 1-hour flight, safety orientation, loading and unloading time and gift shop time.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

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Navigate the waterways and islands of Clover Pass on a small-group kayak eco-tour from Ketchikan. Along the way, spot native Alaskan wildlife that inhabit this protected region where the thick foliage of the Tongass National Forest meets the sea, from sea lions and migratory humpback whales to eagles' nests and exposed starfish colonies. Paddle with two guides and a small group of no more than eight people for a more personalized wildlife-watching journey.
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  • 4 hours
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US$151.29
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Island Sea Kayaking

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Island Sea Kayaking

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While your ship is docked in Ketchikan, kayak around Eagle Island, part of Tongass National Forest, on this 3.5-hour guided shore excursion. Enter the protected waters of Clover Pass and as you paddle around the island, spot wildlife including bald eagles, seals, salmon, and perhaps even humpbacks and orcas. The tranquil waters provide a perfect opportunity for beginning kayakers and the more experienced alike to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Jeep and Canoe Safari

Ketchikan Jeep and Canoe Safari

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After relaxing aboard your ship, this off-road Ketchikan shore excursion will pump up your adrenaline. First, steer or ride in a 4WD Jeep Wrangler® deep in Tongass National Forest. Then, at Lake Harriet Hunt, paddle with your group a Native American–style, 20-person canoe! Keep watch for deer, moose, eagles and even bears along the way. Reward your outdoor activities with a delicious snack of smoked salmon, clam chowder, fresh bread with local wild-berry jam, and hot chocolate.
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  • 4 hours
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Rainforest Zip, Skybridge & Rappel Adventure in Ketchikan, AK

Rainforest Zip, Skybridge & Rappel Adventure in Ketchikan, AK

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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 you flying through an Alaskan rainforest canopy at heights up to 135 feet (41 meters) above ground. Across 6,000 feet (1,830 meters) of dual-line cables and three hanging bridges, you’ll have unique vantage points to look for bears feeding on salmon and watch bald eagles soar through the sky. This exciting experience from Ketchikan is limited to nine people per group so you can enjoy personalized attention from your guides.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature Walk

Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature Walk

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Discover the tranquil beauty of Tongass National Forest on this 3.5-hour guided tour from Ketchikan. Paddle with a group of up to 20 passengers in a Native American–style canoe across a secluded lake, and then enjoy a nature walk through a rain forest. Gain insight into local Native American history, as well as the wildlife and plants you see along the way. A riverside snack and hotel transport are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition

Grizzly Falls Ziplining Expedition

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Soar over glacial waterfalls and stunning Alaska scenery on this ziplining excursion. Meet your guide at the dock and enjoy an entertaining trip through historic Skagway on your way to Dyea. There enjoy a ziplining orientation before strapping in and taking off.  The course features multiple ziplines and suspension bridges to give you views of the surrounding Tongass National Forest and allow you to soar over glacial waterfalls.
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  • 4 hours
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Alaska Ocean Wilderness Expedition

Alaska Ocean Wilderness Expedition

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Go on an adventure as you explore the deep mysterious waters of island studded sea passages in search of wildlife aboard a rugged Zodiac expedition craft. Your experienced captain and expert naturalist will use their considerable local knowledge of the area to unlock the secrets of this biologically rich ecosystem. You will feel the ocean breeze on your face and taste the salty sea air as you skim across the waves. You will indulge your curiosity as you navigate narrow channels, next to rocky coast lines, emerald forested islands, and black sandy beaches. You will become an explorer, a mariner, an adventurer.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Traitors Cove Bear Viewing

Traitors Cove Bear Viewing

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Island Wings Air Service is owned and operated by Alaska veteran pilot Michelle Masden, who started flying in 1977 and began her business in Ketchikan in 1993. Island Wings takes the time and makes the effort to help you realize your Alaskan dreams. Share our love of flying through our vast Alaskan wilderness. Experience the freedom of flight over the wild grandeur of the mountains, the islands and the endless sea. In business since 1993, Island Wings takes the time and makes the effort to help you realize your Alaskan dreams. Our focus is the quality of your experience. From the handling of your reservation, to the equipment we operate, to the places we visit; we don't compromise and neither should you. The total time for this tour is 4.25 hours including: the flight, three hours onsite at Traitors Cove Bear Viewing Observatory, and fifteen minutes for the pick-up and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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2 Hour Alaska Rainforest Walk and Totem Park Small Group Tour

2 Hour Alaska Rainforest Walk and Totem Park Small Group Tour

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Focus on the scenery of Tongass National Forest and Totem Park on this eco tour from Ketchikan. Traveling with a small group of just 11 people or fewer means you'll get personalized attention and plenty of time to ask questions of your guide. Follow your guide on a walk through the Alaskan rain forest and Totem Park, where you'll get views and photo ops of pristine creeks, ancient trees, and moss-covered ground. There's even a geo-caching scavenger hunt to keep kids interested and occupied.
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  • 2 hours
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Ketchikan Jeep and Canoe Safari

Ketchikan Jeep and Canoe Safari

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While in Ketchikan, embark on this 4-hour adrenaline-fueled Super Saver Combo tour. Rumble along the back roads of Tongass National Forest in a 4WD Jeep Wrangler® — and keep your eyes open for bald eagles, moose, deer, and the occasional bear. Along with your group, paddle across a lake in a Native American–style canoe, and enjoy delicious snacks at a remote camp. Learn about the forest's wildlife and vegetation on a short walk through the woods. Save money and embrace the beauty of Ketchikan on this quintessential Alaskan tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Alaska Side By Side Nature Safari

Alaska Side By Side Nature Safari

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Get off the beaten path - literally - on a 5-hour safari through Tongass National Forest. Courtesy round-trip transportation from your Sitka hotel takes you to the lush forest. Hop on your Yamaha Rhino OHV and let the wildlife adventure begin. Animal sightings can include brown bears, blacktail deer, and the American bald eagle. Be sure to also keep your eyes peeled for seals and sea otters on the boat journey to Kruzof Island.
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  • 5 hours
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Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature Walk

Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature Walk

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While in port at Ketchikan, explore the wilderness on this 3.5-hour rain-forest canoe-and-nature-walk shore excursion, suitable for all fitness levels. Along with your group, paddle a large Native American–style canoe across a tranquil lake in the Tongass National Forest, and gain insight into Ketchikan's Native American history. Learn about the forest's wildlife and lush vegetation on a short walk through the woods. Leave behind the modern luxuries for a peaceful experience in nature.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Highlights Sightseeing Boat Tour

Ketchikan Highlights Sightseeing Boat Tour

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Your Alaskan captain & their crew provide a view of our community through the eyes of locals! We love sharing the beauty of our home with visitors from all over the world. Our tour provides a grab bag of Ketchikan highlights, including wildlife viewing, local culture, and history, all backdropped by the breathtaking scenery of our seascape. Special attractions include American bald eagles and their nests, Totem Bight State Park, and Guard Island Lighthouse.
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  • 3 hours
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Ketchikan Helicopter Tour, Mahoney Falls

Ketchikan Helicopter Tour, Mahoney Falls

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Enjoy spectacular views of Ketchikan and its surroundings that you couldn't get on land. This helicopter tour takes you over the the Tongass National Forest for views of mountain lakes, and the 1,500-foot Mahoney Falls. You may also spot eagles, mountain goats and deer while in the air.
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  • 50 minutes
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US$169.00
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Helicopter Combo Tour in Ketchikan

Helicopter Combo Tour in Ketchikan

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Save time and money by combining two top helicopters tours in one. Fly over the 1,500 foot Mahoney Falls, looking out for mountain goats below, then along the George Inlet and up to a mountaintop helipad for views of the Canadian Rockies and Prince of Wales Island. Afterward, you'll soar over the Tongass Narrows and Ketchikan before landing.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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US$300.26
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Ketchikan Private Family Tour! Authentic Ketchikan Native Experience

Ketchikan Private Family Tour! Authentic Ketchikan Native Experience

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Experience our home in a comfortable and safe family atmosphere! We created this Covid-19 tour for families and small party's up to 6 see Ketchikan while we maintaining the most safe measures. We will do our best! Our guides are local citizens who call this wonderful place home. We offer exclusive opportunities to see and experience the local Native Cultures of Revillagigedo Island! This is your touring experience and we will do our best to accommodate your experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Neets Bay Bear Adventure & Flightseeing

Neets Bay Bear Adventure & Flightseeing

This once-in-a-lifetime wildlife expedition with the wild black bears of Southeast Alaska is certain to charm everyone from nature-lover to photography enthusiast. Depart via an authentic Alaskan floatplane with digital CD audio systems and individual passenger headsets to Neets Bay. Neets Bay is one of the finest bear viewing locations in Alaska. The flight is over the largest National Forest in the United States. Neets Bay is also home to one of Southeast Alaska's salmon hatchery operations. During a ¼-mile guided walk along a stunning, well-maintained nature trail through the Alaska rain forest, your naturalist guide will describe the habits of the bear and the lifecycle of their favorite meal - salmon. A secure, covered viewing area allows for up-close observation of the bears in their natural habitat among the wilderness beauty of the Tongass National Forest. Other wildlife possibilities include eagles, Sitka black-tail deer, mink, marten and seals.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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Ketchikan Helicopter Tour, Mountain Lakes

Ketchikan Helicopter Tour, Mountain Lakes

Discover the beauty of Alaska from a different perspective as you soar above lakes and forests in a helicopter. Join a small group for a panoramic tour over Tongass National Forest where you can spot black bears, bald eagles, seals, and mountain goats. This is a great opportunity for those who don’t have a lot of time in the area but want to see what Ketchikan has to offer.
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  • 1 hour
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US$310.65
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What are Tongass National Forest hours of operation?
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Tongass National Forest hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Tongass National Forest tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Tongass National Forest can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Tongass National Forest 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Tongass National Forest costs USD 77.93. Guided Tongass National Forest tours start around USD 77.93 per person.
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