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.

Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory

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Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory

This salmon run on an ancient Tlingit native fishing site attracts large numbers of brown and black bears each summer. Watch from an observation deck above rushing falls as bears try and catch pink salmon for their meal.

Chief Shakes Island

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Chief Shakes Island

In the middle of the harbor lies a grassy islet accessible by a pedestrian bridge. On the islet, you’ll a traditional Tlingit tribal house with striking artwork. The totems holding up the cedar house date back to the 1840s and offer an authentic look at local native heritage and culture.

Wrangell Museum

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Wrangell Museum

Explore the early settlements of Russian and English explorers, plus later influences of Chinese and Japanese culture. Relive the excitement of the gold rush era with a large collection of photos from the period. The museum also includes exhibits on the trapping, fishing, and forestry industries that drove the local economy.

Wrangell, Alaska At a glance

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