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Welcome to Icy Strait Point, which is located outside the village of Hoonah on Alaska’s Inside Passage. This completely Alaska Native-owned destination offers visitors the complete Alaska experience, from whale watching tours to helicopter tours over Glacier Bay National Park. Situated on Chichagof Island – where, reportedly, there are more brown bears than humans – Icy Strait Point is home to the vast, unspoilt wilderness for which Alaska is so famous. Make the most of it by heading out into the forest on a wildlife search. You’ll meander alongside the Spasski River, on the lookout for Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, and of course – brown bears (all in the company of an expert guide, of course). Thrill-seekers will love testing their nerves on the world’s largest Ziprider. You’ll start with a scenic drive up Hoonah Mountain, before taking a walk through a mysterious old-growth rainforest. Then, it’s time to soar back down the mountain – this time through the treetops, attached to a safety harness. There’s plenty more to do on an Icy Strait Point cruise once you get to the bottom – take a tour of a salmon cannery that dates back to 1912 and learn about the area’s fishing heritage. Or, you might choose to visit Point Adolphus and Port Frederick to see if you can spot some whales. The mild rainforests of Hoonah mean that it’s also a prime area for rare bird watching. Along the shores of Point Frederick, you might see guillemots and seabirds, while in the nearby grasslands, kinglets, sapsuckers and hummingbirds often linger. Back in the hustle and bustle of Icy Strait Point, there are plenty of places to grab something to eat after all of that exploration. Local Alaskan delicacies include halibut, king crab and sockeye salmon. Wash everything down with a “Crabby Bloody Mary” from famous street food stop, the Crab Station.
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