The 10 Best Things to Do in Wrangell, United States

January 11, 2018 Leida Jutras

The City and Borough of Wrangell (Tlingit: Ḵaachx̱aana.áakʼw) is a borough in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census the population was 2,369. Incorporated as a Unified Home Rule Borough on May 30, 2008, Wrangell was previously a city in the Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area (afterwards renamed the Petersburg Census Area (the Petersburg Borough was formed from part of this census area)). Its Tlingit name is Ḵaachx̱aana.áakʼw (“Ḵaachx̱an’s Little Lake” with áa-kʼw ‘lake-diminutive’). The Tlingit people residing in the Wrangell area, who were there centuries before Europeans, call themselves the Shtaxʼhéen Ḵwáan after the nearby Stikine River. Alternately they use the autonym Shxʼát Ḵwáan, where the meaning of shxʼát is unknown.
Restaurants in Wrangell

1. Anan Creek Bear Observatory

Tongass National Forest, Wrangell, AK +1 907-874-2323
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5 based on 177 reviews

Anan Creek Bear Observatory

Reviewed By MissJane26 - New South Wales, Australia

I can't rate the experience we had there highly enough.
We booked the tour to Anan Creek Observatory with Alaska Vistas and everything about the day was top notch.
The weather put on her summer finery so we were off to a great start.
Alaska Vistas are a highly professional outfit with a highly knowledgeable team.
The Observatory and the Tongass National Forrest - sensational! It is a boat trip or float plane trip to get there but the journey is all part of the fun. The scenery is amazing.
The star attraction of the Observatory, the bears, certainly do not disappoint. We saw two juvenile brown at a distance in the estuary and many blacks (adults, juveniles and new season cubs). Sooooo adorable!
It was an amazing day and well worth every dollar spent to get there.

2. Breakaway Adventures Day Tours

Wrangell, AK 99929
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5 based on 103 reviews

Breakaway Adventures Day Tours

You can find Breakaway Adventures office located near the Stikine Inn on the approach to the City Cruise Ship dock. There are three big blue advertisement banners that fly proudly from the front of our building. Find us and let us book you on a jetboat adventures of a lifetime to Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, LeConte Glacier, or one of our amazing Stikine River tours (Chief Shakes Adventures, John Muir Adventure, or Telegraph Creek). We look forward to showing you some Southeast Alaska hometown style!

Reviewed By orioleal - Kennebunkport, Maine

Trip to LaCompte Glacier was special. We traversed a magnificent field of blue and white icebergs of many shapes and sizes. All were beautiful. The glacier itself was also spectacular. The crew was extremely helpful, competent and caring. All in all , a great trip.

3. Wrangell Museum

Nolan Center, Campbell Drive, Wrangell, AK 99929 +1 907-874-2381
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4.5 based on 111 reviews

Wrangell Museum

Reviewed By annerob10 - Hobart, Australia

This small museum is very well put together and tracks the history of Wrangell from the Tlingit people to current day in an easy to follow set of display boards backed up by many exhibits and pictures.
Interesting to learn that the town was too tough for Wyatt Earp to handle and he left after just 10days.

4. Alaska Waters

107 Stikine Avenue, Wrangell, AK 99929
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5 based on 94 reviews

Alaska Waters

Wilderness Adventure Tour Company, in Wrangell, Alaska. Located in SE Alaska in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Guided AnAn Creek bear viewing tours. Stikine River Wilderness Jet Boat tours. LeConte Glacier Tours. Guided Flyfishing. Alaska Native Cultural tours.

Reviewed By Arnold M

We did both the AnAn creek bear tour and the glacier tour with this team and they did a great job on both trips. Very professional and safety conscious. The staff are well trained. Highly recommended to all ages.Thank you for the kind words. We work hard to be knowledgeable and skilled at what we do. Its always nice to hear when people appreciate our crew's hard work.

5. Alaska Vistas

City Dock, Wrangell, AK 99929
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5 based on 115 reviews

Alaska Vistas

Local company that specializes in providing guests with bear viewing trips to the Anan Wildlife Observatory. Our experienced local guides love to share their world with guests. We also offer trips to the Stikine River and glacier and Le Conte Glacier. Additionally we have kayaks and canoes for rent with or without guides.

Reviewed By Wendy B

To be highly recommended. A family run business who really care about ensuring that their customers have an amazing experience. Both knowledgeable and fun, the guides really made this trip with their tales of bear encounters. Thanks for a rest and very memorable day.Thanks for your wonderful review. We love introducing our guests to our world in a safe, professional yet easy going manner. Glad we didn't scare you with our tales. Please come visit again. John, Sylvia and the Alaska Vistas Team.

6. Alaska Charters and Adventures

5 Front Street, Wrangell, AK 99929
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5 based on 33 reviews

Alaska Charters and Adventures

Alaska Charters & Adventures was established in 1989, we are Alaskan owned and operated local company. We have a combined 130 years of experience working in the outdoor industry. We believe our guests will most enjoy Alaska scenery and wildlife in small, carefully organized groups. Our goal is to treat our guest like you are our cherished family and friends. We constantly strive to improve our technical and educational skills to be better guides, enhancing your Alaskan experience. Having shared Alaska with travelers for years, we are convinced that really small groups, combined with experienced, thoughtful guides and captains is the recipe for an unforgettable Alaskan Adventure. We have a reputation for offering the finest in high quality customized outdoor adventures for very small groups, taking great pride in our attention to detail, personalized service, & unprecedented safety standards. Choose the finest in guides to lead you to Alaska’s unsurpassed wilderness, wildlife, Fishing

Reviewed By Bernie R

Going to Wrangall, you have to hook up with Alaska Charters and Adventures. This July took 5 trips with them to LeConte Glacier, whale watching , Sitkine River, and 2 Anan Creek. Wonderfull scenery and awesome animals such as black and grizzly bears , eagles, orcas, whales, otters, seals and more. But even more special is the staff. Wonderful tour guides with extensive knowledge and experience to personalize your experience to your desires. Small boats and tour sizes allow more flexibility to ensure each person has awesome time. Tours leave in morning and usually take between 6-8 hours to allow for time to see the desintaion with enough time but also to linger if something comes up like family of orcas on my trip. Our tour was first to arrive at Anan allowing a nature photographer as myself best lighting and first access to limited binds. The entire staff is very helpful, a lot of fun, and their only goal is to make sure you have a wonderful experience.

7. Stikine River

Wrangell, AK +1 907-874-3006
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4.5 based on 51 reviews

Stikine River

A 60-mile-long pristine river extending from British Columbia to Wrangell, Alaska.

Reviewed By snowladyOregon - Oregon

Alaska Waters took us up the Stikine River and we felt very comfortable with Jim and James as our Captain and guide (father and son). They guided the jet boat through tricky swift waters and up into Shakes Lake and Glacier. It was stunningly beautiful and wild. Saw lots of bald eagles. They were especially helpful to accommodate my aunt who was in a wheel chair. We really appreciate this.

8. Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site

5th Avenue, Wrangell, AK 99929
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4 based on 72 reviews

Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site

This beach features petroglyphs, carved symbols in rocks by ancient Native inhabitants.

Reviewed By Janet M - Denver, Colorado

These ancient petroglyphs are fun to search for in this beautiful beach setting. Do read the posters on the platforms and look at the reproductions before going down to the beach to explore. You have to look on the top and sides of the rocks as you move close and farther from the water. DO go at low tide for best results.

9. Mt Dewey Trail

Third St, Wrangell, AK
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Mt Dewey Trail

Reviewed By kkarenjess - Candler, North Carolina

Hike this well developed and maintained trail up to top of Dewey Mountain in Wrangell. Beautiful hike. Mostly uphill but doable. The views gorgeous. Easy to do in a little over an hour and well worth it

10. Night N Gale Charters

209 Reid St., Wrangell, AK 99929
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Night N Gale Charters

Premiere fishing charter in Wrangell Alaska offering custom Salmon, Hailbut, and Rockfish excursions.

Reviewed By blueskiff - Cathedral City, CA

This was a last-minute decision after our boat rental in Petersburg was cancelled due to an approaching storm. Wrangel was our next ferry stop so we searched TripAdvisor for boat trips there. Nite N Gale was the only one offering fishing so we schelude an all-day outing.

Teniya picked us up at our B&B. When we got to.his boat we were impressed. A 30-ft. Svendsen in like-new condition and fully equipped. Teniya had been out the day before and knew exactly where to take us. We ended up with six large coho salmon and many humpback whale sightings, some very close, and much information from Teniya on what we were doing and seeing. The weather was calm, warm and sunny.

Then we ended with a big bonus we didn't expect. Teniya fileted all.our fish, froze them and Fedexed them.home to us at no charge except for the Fedex delivery cost. Based on the fish market price at home for wild-caught salmon, our 50 pounds of filets actually paid for the entire day.

It was a perfect day on the water.

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