Wrangell is a hidden jewel, full with rich history, cultural sites, wildlife, natural beauty, and glaciers. Wrangell is located in central southeast Alaska, in the heart of the Inside Passage and the Tongass National Forest. Wrangell is the third oldest community in Alaska, and the second oldest community in Southeast, and the ONLY city in Alaska to be ruled by four nations and under three flags... Tlingit, Russia, England, and the United States. Wildlife abounds in the area. A variety of excursions get you up close to glaciers, black and brown bears, eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, whales, salmon and halibut to name a few. Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory is favorite spot to view brown and black bears feasting on salmon.
If history and cultural influences interest you, visit the Tlingit Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House Historic Monument, and Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. Travel the Stikine River to visit the places where gold miners camped and garnets were mined, and see the abundant wildlife that lured the Hudson Bay Company to establish a settlement. Several now famous people made their way through Wrangell in the past, including Wyatt Earp who served as a temporary marshall for 10 days. The protected waters in Southeast Alaska provide excellent sea kayaking and opportunity for exploration by wildlife charter tours. Fishing is spectacular. Halibut and all 5 species of salmon, steelhead and trout are key targets by visiting fishermen.