Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Ketchikan

Saxman Native Village & Totem Park

On South Tongass Hwy, 2.5 miles south of Ketchikan, is this incorporated Tlingit village of 475 residents. It's best known for Saxman Totem Park, which holds 24 totem poles from abandoned villages around the Southea…
Top Choice Museum in Ketchikan

Totem Heritage Center

For a crash course in Southeast Alaska's impressive totem art look no further than the Totem Heritage Center, where old poles brought from deserted Tlingit and Haida communities are kept to prevent further deteriora…
Top Choice Museum in Wrangell

Wrangell Museum

This impressive museum is what the colorful history and characters of Wrangell deserve. As you stroll through the many rooms, an audio narration automatically comes on and explains each chapter of Wrangell’s history…
Historic Site in Prince of Wales Island

Totem Historic District – Kasaan

This is one of the great Haida cultural centers in Alaska. It's in Kasaan, one of only two Haida villages in the state, and, since 2002, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic dist…
Museum in Ketchikan

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Three large totems greet you in the lobby of this center run by the National Park Service (NPS), while a school of silver salmon suspended from the ceiling leads you toward a slice of re-created temperate rainforest…
Glacier in Hyder

Salmon Glacier

Twenty miles north of Hyder and back inside Canada lies the fifth-largest glacier in Canada (and the largest in the world accessible by road). The old mine road to the glacier is rough and nerve-racking if you're no…
Historic Site in Ketchikan

Creek Street

Departing from Stedman St is Creek St (a boardwalk built over Ketchikan Creek on pilings), a history book of misshapen wood-paneled houses painted in bright colors to deflect the heaviness of the oft-sodden climate.…
Historic Site in Ketchikan

Totem Bight State Park

Ten miles north of downtown Ketchikan is this seaside park that contains 14 restored totem poles, a colorful community house and a viewing deck overlooking Tongass Narrows. There are various interpretive boards expl…
Park in Prince of Wales Island

Klawock Totem Park

Of the three totem parks on POW, the Klawock Totem Park is by far the most impressive and obviously a great source of community pride. Situated on a hill overlooking the town’s cannery and harbor, Klawock’s 21 totem…
Park in Wrangell

Chief Shakes Island

The Shakes are a long line of Tlingit leaders (the current leader is Chief Shakes X). They are represented on this tiny, grassy islet slap bang in the middle of the scruffy boat harbor, reached by a pedestrian bridg…