Visit Misty Fjords National Monument
Escape to the temperate rainforest wilderness of Misty Fjords National Monument. Located east of Ketchikan, the 2.1 million-acre Misty Fjords National Monument is the largest wilderness area in the Tongass National Forest. There are no roads here! Take a flightseeing trip or day cruise to experience the largest intact coastal rainforest in America. Or, take a water taxi and kayak among glacial ice. Steep hillsides, carved by glaciers nearly 17,000 years ago, drop into deep, narrow fjords. Look for bears, wolves and mountain goats amid the old growth forest of Sitka spruce, cedar and hemlock, and listen to the roar of rain-fed waterfalls coursing down the fjord’s walls into the 100-mile-long Behm Canal.
Another incredible way to experience the Misty Fjords National Monument is by a flightseeing tour. Seaplanes – generally single-engine planes with floats instead of wheels – line up at the dock in Ketchikan’s harbor waiting to take you on your journey above the clouds. Similar to seaplane opportunities, helicopter tours take you into the heart of this pristine area and boast eagle-eye views of the lush, coastal rainforest. Flightseeing tours provide guests a new perspective of the national monument as well as breathtaking aerial views of the Tongass National Forest.
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