Petersburg -

Get around

There is a local taxi and some local shuttle services. The local roads are also nice for bicycling, although the size of the island limits the overall distance one can travel.

Activities

  Blind River Rapids, mile 14.2 on Mitkof Highway. A boardwalk through the muskeg to Blind Slough, where the salmon are numerous and other wildlife is often visible.
  Behind the school there's a boardwalk through the muskeg (extremely soft nutrient poor meadow) that's worth walking.

Dining

  Coastal Cold Storage 1-877-257- 4746  . Assorted fried seafood in a take-out ambiance, but the real treats are the vacuum packed smoked fish in the cooler.

 

Petersburg is a small fishing town in the Southeastern region of Alaska.

Get in

By plane
  Alaska Airlines - Providing two jet flights in per day.
  Various float plane and air charters also serve the area.

By boat
One of the charms of Petersburg is that it doesn't have a deep water port, so it's not accessible by big cruise ships, but some smaller ships stop there. The Alaska Marine Highway provides regular ferry service.

Attractions

  Le Conte glacier. The southernmost tidewater glacier in the northern hemisphere. The glacier moves extremely quickly, offering almost continual calving, including underwater calving leading to "shooters" as icebergs rise rapidly to the surface from the hundreds of feet of submerged ice. Hundreds of harbor seals also inhabit the fjord created by the glacier; closer to the face you're likely to see them lolling about on icebergs.
  Petersburg is located on the south end of Frederick Sound, where many humpback whales summer, making this an ideal starting point for whale watching. Although it's less comfortable to be out on the sound during rougher weather, days with lots of waves are better for seeing aerial displays.
  Clausen Memorial Museum has local history exhibits.

Shopping

Because Petersburg doesn't have a deep water port it doesn't get the large cruise ships, thus it isn't overrun with the large cruise line operated tourist shops that plague many such coastal towns. There are a few little locally owned galleries with local artists, and a bookstore with some nice coffee table books, but most of the town actually exists for the local population.

Lodging

  Morning Mist Bed and Breakfast - The hosts, Mel and Sherry Stockton, are great hosts.
  Water's Edge Bed and Breakfast - The host, Barry, is a very friendly person and delightful host.

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