PUBLISHED: 4:02 PM on Friday, May 16, 2008
Alaska's Rainforest Islands
Heart of the Inside Passage
Let the Inter-Island Ferry Authority cruise you to off-the-beaten path hideaways on Alaska's fabled Inside Passage, where you'll discover unique experiences missed by most visitors. There are fine visitor services. RV facilities are available at each of Alaska's Rainforest Islands.

Mitkof Island Petersburg is the gateway to two incredible attractions, the humpback whales of Frederick Sound, and the mighty Le Conte Glacier. Frederick Sound is home to the largest concentration of humpback whales found anywhere in the world. Le Conte is the southern most tidewater glacier in North America.

Wrangell Island Gateway to the Stikine, North America's fastest free-flowing navigable river. Jetboat, kayak, raft or air tours are available. Access the famous Anan Wildlife Observatory, where both black and brown bears can be seen close-up feeding on wild salmon. Golf at Muskeg Meadows, a spectacular 9-hole USGA regulation course.

Prince of Wales Island This is the third largest island in the U.S. (Kodiak is first and the island of Hawaii is second) and a recreation paradise. There are over 1,100 miles of maintained roads to explore. The IFA provides year-round service from Ketchikan to Hollis on the island's mid section and summer service from Petersburg and Wrangell to Coffman Cove, on the island's northern coast. Good roads link Hollis and Coffman Cove with the island communities of Craig, Klawock, Hydaburg, Thorne Bay, Kasaan, Naukati, and Whale Pass. Most of these roads are blacktopped.