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Tongass National Forest Tours

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.

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Tongass National Forest covers most of Southeast Alaska and surrounds the Inside Passage.
Address: Tongass National Forest, Sitka, Alaska, USA
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Helicopter Tour Ketchikan, Combo TourLuxury Tours

Helicopter Tour Ketchikan, Combo Tour

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This 30-minute flight is a combination of our two best tours, Mahoney Falls and Top of the World. You will fly out to a 1500 foot waterfall, with the possibility of seeing mountain goats. Then fly along the George Inlet and up to our exclusive helipad on an 1800 foot mountain with views of the Canadian Rockies and Prince of Wales Island. You will stay on the helipad for 10 - 20 minutes to take pictures and enjoy your surroundings. The remainder of the 30-minute flight flies over the Tongass Narrows, Ketchikan, and the cruise ships.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Ketchikan Jeep and Canoe SafariNature & Wildlife

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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Alaska Ocean Wilderness Expedition Nature & Wildlife

Alaska Ocean Wilderness Expedition

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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Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature WalkHalf-day Tours

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 Jeep and Canoe SafariNature & Wildlife

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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Ketchikan Rainforest Canoe and Nature WalkNature & Wildlife

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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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Rainforest Trail Bike & Hike AdventureBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Rainforest Trail Bike & Hike Adventure

Join an experienced Alaskan trail guide for a mountain bike ride through the unspoiled beauty of Ketchikan’s coastal rainforest. The gently sloped, historic trail weaves through the Tongass National Forest. The three-mile-long trail includes a series of optional, fun features accessible for riders of all abilities and skill levels. Guests will enjoy an Alaskan style snack of hot clam chowder, smoked salmon, rolls and beverages. On the nature walk your guides will introduce you to Southeast Alaska’s unique old growth forest and active salmon spawning stream ecosystems.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
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Ketchikan Rainforest Island and Boat AdventureHalf-day Tours

Ketchikan Rainforest Island and Boat Adventure

A motorized rigid hull inflatable Seahawk provides a short, but exciting cruise along the coast of Clover Passage where whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise, bald eagles and migrating seabirds may be spotted. Join your naturalist guide on a secluded beach in the Tongass National Forest, for a walk through natural, unspoiled beauty in the coastal rainforest on Betton Island. Hike through the beautiful old growth forest, and learn about botanic species native to this region. Enjoy an Alaskan snack at a campfire and take some time to explore tide pools or other interesting elements of the natural beauty around you before returning.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours

Ketchikan Helicopter Tour, Mountain LakesLuxury Tours

Ketchikan Helicopter Tour, Mountain Lakes

This 30-minute helicopter tour from Ketchikan gives passengers a view of the pristine Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska. This temperate rainforest provides opportunities for mountain goat and black bear sightings. The flight rounds five gorgeous lakes that are only accessible via hiking. So if you are only visiting for a short while and want to see the stunning nature areas of Alaska, this helicopter tour is for you. Optional Exclusive Landing, additional $50 per person: Add a 20-minute landing on a remote ocean beach or lake on Alaskan Native land giving you the opportunity to take photos and enjoy the peace and beauty of the forest surrounding Ketchikan.
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  • 1 hour
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Ketchikan Electric Bike and Rain Forest Hike EcotourHiking & Camping

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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Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane TourNature & Wildlife

Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour

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Step off your cruise ship and into a floatplane to admire the glassy blue lakes, waterfalls, and snowcapped peaks of Misty Fjords National Monument on this shore excursion from Ketchikan. Capture bird’s-eye views of varied landscapes and spot eagles, bears and plenty of other wildlife. But that’s not all—your aerial adventure, limited to just six people per plane, includes landing on a lake or fjord.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Ketchikan 4 in 1Bus Tours

Ketchikan 4 in 1

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Spend several hours exploring the highlights of one of Alaska’s southernmost cities on this immersive, multi-stop tour of Ketchikan. Pick between multiple tour times to suit your schedule, and meet your guide in central Ketchikan, or at your cruise ship dock. See city highlights, including historical Creek Street and a local salmon hatchery, before continuing out of town: you’ll visit totem parks, pretty tide pools and beaches, nature preserves, and more. As you go, learn all about the region’s indigenous heritage.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ketchikan Kayak Eco-TourOther Water Sports

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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Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour from KetchikanAir Tours

Misty Fjords Seaplane Tour from Ketchikan

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The wild landscapes of the Misty Fjords National Monument are some of the most impressive in Alaska—jagged peaks, icy lakes, and dramatic glacier valleys. On this tour, enjoy unbeatable aerial views as you soar overhead in a seaplane. Listen to live commentary from your guide as you fly over mountains and waterfalls, touch down to experience the fjords up close, and enjoy plenty of opportunities to take photos.
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  • 2 hours 20 minutes
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Rainforest Canopy Ropes and Zipline Adventure ParkHalf-day Tours

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Rainforest Canopy Ropes and Zipline Adventure Park

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Get off your cruise ship and your adrenaline going on this half-day shore excursion to a Ketchikan zipline adventure park. Soar through the Alaskan rain forest on seven ziplines and eight canopy ropes. This natural jungle gym includes suspended logs, rope bridges, a climbing tower and staircase, meaning thrill seekers of all experience levels will share in the excitement. Round-trip port transport included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Douglas Island Zipline Tour from JuneauNature & Wildlife

Douglas Island Zipline Tour from Juneau

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Sail through the rain-forest canopy on this Douglas Island zipline adventure from Juneau. Ascend through the Tongass National Forest as you head for Eaglecrest Lodge. Glide through the treetops along five zipline routes, stopping at specially designed platforms to take in the views and snap some photos. Traverse a rushing stream via a suspension bridge and finish the adventure by trying your hand at axe throwing.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Island Sea KayakingHalf-day Tours

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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2 Hour Alaska Rainforest Walk and Totem Park Small Group TourHiking & Camping

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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3-Hour Alaska Rainforest Hiking Tour in Tongass National Forest from KetchikanHiking & Camping

3-Hour Alaska Rainforest Hiking Tour in Tongass National Forest from Ketchikan

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Explore Alaska's rainforest with a guide who leads you on a 3-hour hiking tour that includes a 15-minute sightseeing drive through Ketchikan. In Tongass National Forest, learn about rainforest plants such as Sitka spruce trees and cedars, and look for salmon, eagles, and bears. You'll hike over gently rolling terrain for a total of about three miles with a group that is limited to 12 people. Includes refreshments, guide, and round-trip transportation from Ketchikan.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Ketchikan Zipline AdventureZiplines

Ketchikan Zipline Adventure

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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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Private 4-Hour Ketchikan City TourPorts of Call Tours

Private 4-Hour Ketchikan City Tour

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Discover Ketchikan on a private 4-hour tour that is customized to your interests. Select from top destinations such as Totem Bight Park, Ward Creek Trail in Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan city, or look for black bears near the hatchery at Herring Cove. Includes private guide and vehicle, and port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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Alaska Side By Side Nature SafariDay Trips

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 4 in 1 - Group optionBus Tours

Ketchikan 4 in 1 - Group option

On the Ketchikan 4 in 1 you get to experience a fully narrated 2.5 hour historical tour. Starting with the city, which includes: Creek street (ketchikan's historical red light district) , a salmon ladder, and the first hand dug salmon hatchery. Then take a 10 mile scenic seaside drive to explore an area rich in Alaskan Native culture. Here you will see 2 totem parks (Potlatch Park and Totem Bight State Park) that combined have 2 clan houses, 5 tribal houses, and 2 carving centers. Along with antique cars, rare firearms, a historical museum, and a beach walk to view the tidepools (also  a good chance to see eagles and sometimes whales as they migrate through the Tongass Narrows). 
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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