Don't just see Hoonah - experience it on this driving tour around the most fascinating attractions in Alaska's largest Tlingit village.
Depart the pier for an eye-opening tour of life in Alaska's largest village of Tlingit Indians. Centuries ago, advancing glaciers forced their ancestors out of Glacier Bay to this serene area just a few miles south, which became Hoonah, a word that translates as "where the north wind doesn't blow." The Huna Tlingit have lived here in harmony ever since, and you will discover what life is like in this spectacular land of towering evergreens, pristine seas and abundant wildlife.
One of the most life-changing events in Hoonah 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." Another fascinating aspect of Hoonah is the Alaska Marine Highway, a ferry service that locals use to travel around the southeastern part of the state. You will also learn about Tlingit "moieties" or complementary social groups, which are represented throughout the village through depictions of ravens and eagles.
Following your enlightening tour of Hoonah, you will be returned to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however, some of it is over gravel surfaces. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Flat, comfortable walking shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear is suggested as you may be exposed to the elements.