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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…
Top Choice Modern American in Ketchikan

Bar Harbor Restaurant

This slightly pricey fish-biased restaurant, usually touted among locals as the best in town, recently reopened in a new cruise-dock location on Berth 4. Expect larger than normal crowds descending on its modern oce…
Top Choice American in Wrangell

Stikine Inn Restaurant

It's not hard being the best restaurant in Wrangell, but the Stikine goes above and beyond the call of duty with dishes like rockfish tacos, and a lobster po'boy that manages to be decadent without a decadent price.…
Top Choice Cafe in Petersburg

Salty Pantry

Looking like it was flown in ready-made from Seattle’s trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood, this wonderful new cafe/deli opened in April 2017 to much local incredulity. Set on the harborside, it serves wonderful salad …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Ketchikan

Soho Coho

The not-to-be-missed home gallery of one of Alaska's most noted contemporary artists, Ray Troll, whose salmon- and fish-inspired work is seen all around town, including on the sides of buses. Treat yourself to a Sta…
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…