Shore Excursion Details

Hoonah Sightseeing - April Only

Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Hoonah Sightseeing - April Only


  • 11/2
    hrs Estimate Duration
  • Accessibility


Drive through nearby Hoonah in an open-air tram that presents unobstructed views of this former logging town that is also Alaska’s largest Tlingit village. Commentary will describe how centuries ago advancing glaciers forced the Tlingits from Glacier Bay to present-day Hoonah, a word that means “where the wind doesn’t blow.” Another life-changing event occurred in 1944, when a fire broke out destroying much of the village. The federal government helped rebuild the downtown with housing that was supposed to be sent to Hawaii during World War II. These homes are still referred to as war houses. While riding through Hoonah, you will likely see depictions of ravens and eagles on many of the buildings, which represent the two complementary Tlingit social clans. Hoonah lies on the Alaska Marine Highway, a coastal route that ferries travel to give locals easy access to the southeastern part of the state.


• Ride through Hoonah in an open-air tram and hear commentary that describes the highlights.
• Learn about momentous events in the history of Hoonah.
• Gain an understanding of the indigenous Tlingits that have lived in this area for centuries.


• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour is wheelchair Accessible upon request.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours

Activity Level:

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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