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The nation's largest national forest.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Ketchikan, AK
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

The name TONGAS kept featuring all along the length of our northbound Alaska cruise and we had a chance to explore a part of the otherwise huge Tongas national forest.

Thank Gurpreet B
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I talked with a ranger at one of the state parks telling her we wanted to avoid the cruise ships crowds. Not to worry, she assured me, most of them do not go more than a few blocks from the ship. We got up and...More

1  Thank Angeles
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Be sure to make arrangements in advance to hike through at least part of the Tongass forest near Ketchikan. It is especially beautiful in the rain because everything smells fresh and clean and there is a real sense of why forests are so important to...More

1  Thank Marcia71
Reviewed October 1, 2018

The scenery was a visual and sensual delight! The air was crisp and we were continually amazed by the splendors of nature as we effortlessly glided past the scenery on our cruise ship! What a boon to our collective spirits! The beauty of nature was...More

Thank Miriam W
Reviewed September 29, 2018

The Tongass Rain Forest is the largest forest in the United States with 17 million acres of land. It covers just about all of the panhandle of Alaska from Hianes all the way down to Ketchikan, so when you are in the Inside Passage, you...More

Thank jer b
Reviewed September 26, 2018

The nation' s largest national forest seems to cover most the state. Not really, but at least most of southeastern Alaska. Enjoy the scenery, quiet, beauty and a temperate rain forest. Whether this is your destination or simply a drive-by, it is special.

Thank mesatraveler
Reviewed September 23, 2018

rain or shine it is a beautiful place to see, such old growth and beauty, peaceful. Nice hiking trails easy to navigate with tennis shoes, but if it is raining you will want waterproof sturdier shoes.

Thank emptynesters98001
Reviewed September 19, 2018

This is so beautiful in Indian summer. Over 17 million acres, it’s the world’s largest rainforest. It is so peaceful and calm. Well worth your time to tour, hike, or kayak.

Thank Palmtree200
Reviewed September 14, 2018 via mobile

Best to wear hiking boots and a poncho in this temperate rain forest. The vegetation is amazing, and the wildlife love the area. We didn’t actually see bears, but our guide showed where they had recently slept. The trees, lichen, fungi, devils club, etc are...More

Thank cjkines1
Reviewed September 12, 2018

We took an easy hike that went past salmon creeks and waterfalls and ended up a shoreline at low tide. There were tidepools full of starfish and urchins.

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July 25, 2018|
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Response from David W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but I would recommend that you use a guide to see the interesting points within the preserve. The area is massive so you could spend a lot of time wandering around in nature.
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July 7, 2018|
Response from jaybeeFL | Reviewed this property |
You have a lot of time, more than most! Obviously touring the town itself with stops at the Salmon Market and Creek Street being highlights. A tour out to George's Inlet and a fantastic "all you can eat" crab feast are truly... More
June 26, 2018|
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Response from BigMerk | Reviewed this property |
We were very lucky and visited on a dry day!! Sorry