Discover Tongass National Forest

The Tongass National Forest spans 500 miles across Southeast Alaska and is one of the largest, intact, temperate rainforests in the world. Travel there to see beautiful islands, mountains, glaciers, salmon streams, fjords and bays.

Start the adventure by watching for Tongass wildlife, including Sitka blacktail deer, wolves, bears and more. Don’t forget the marine mammals! Keep an eye on the water for humpback and orca whales, sea otters and more. To top it off, look to the sky because more bald eagles live in this region than in any other place in the world.

While watching for wildlife, visitors can make their way to the glaciers in the forest. Perhaps the most popular glacier to visit is Mendenhall Glacier, sometimes called the “drive-in glacier” for its easy-to-access location just 13 miles from Juneau. Steep Creek at Mendenhall Glacier is also a great place for bear viewing during the salmon spawning season.

To round out the Tongass experience, hit the hiking trails through dense forest, alpine meadows or boardwalks through muskegs. The trails are well maintained and offer spectacular views.

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Get up close to the area’s mountains, forests and mining ruins.


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