Gold rush glory and the great outdoors
Tucked away in the heart of the Inside Passage lies one of Alaska’s oldest towns. From the native Tlingit people through Russian, British, and American occupation, the town’s history is as rich as its natural beauty is breathtaking. Mountains, islands, rainforests, glaciers are all begging to be explored in a place where outdoor adventure is as abundant as glittering gold nuggets once were.
A key supply center during three major gold rushes in the 1800s, the influx of fortune seekers passing through Wrangell created an atmosphere not unlike the tumultuous American West. Famous lawman Wyatt Earp even filled in as a volunteer marshal for a time to set the town on the straight and narrow. Today, dance halls and saloons have been replaced with museums and charming shops, but Wrangell’s frontier spirit still shines through. Going way back beyond the gold rush era, Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park is home to 1,000 year old rock carvings, plus enchanting native culture is highlighted all over town.
It’s a nature lover’s dream. Bring your binoculars for birdwatching along the hiking trails of Mount Dewey. Take in the islands around Wrangell from a unique perspective with a kayak tour. If you want to get a little golf in, you’ll find Alaska’s only USGA-rated course at Muskeg Meadows—where the views are anything but par for the course.
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