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Surrounded by towering evergreens blanketing the steep coastal mountains, Hoonah is known locally as “The Little City with a Big Heart.” Largely a Native Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, Hoonah is located in Alaska’s panhandle in the southeast region of the state. It is 30 miles west of Juneau, across the Alaskan Inside Passage. Standing as proud treasures throughout the city, are locally handcrafted canoes and totem poles, ornately depicting the rich Tlingit history, legends and culture flourishing within the community.

Surrounded by towering evergreens blanketing the steep coastal mountains, Hoonah is known locally as “The Little City with a Big Heart.” Largely a Native Tlingit community on Chichagof Island, Hoonah is located in Alaska’s panhandle in the southeast region of the state. It is 30 miles west of Juneau, across the Alaskan Inside Passage. Standing as proud treasures throughout the city, are locally handcrafted canoes and totem poles, ornately depicting the rich Tlingit history, legends and culture flourishing within the community.

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What to See and Do

Hoonah, population 800, is located on Chichagof Island, and is the largest Native Tlingit community in Alaska. Hoonah offers outstanding opportunities for learning about Native Tlingit culture and enjoying world-class foods. For an adventure, you can visit the largest population of brown bears on earth, speed down the longest zipline in North America, or enjoy the company of humpback whales.

Hoonah is an ideal destination for any hunter or angler due to the abundance of salmon, halibut, trout, and deer.

Eating and Drinking

Although small, Hoonah offers a full suite of retail services from grocery and hardware store to artisan shops. All five kinds of Pacific salmon can be found in Hoonah as well as other seafood, including halibut, shrimp and crabs. Wild foods stand as the foundation of the rich Tlingit culture and local chefs are eager to share their traditions and flavors. Locally brewed beer is flavored with wild ingredients like spruce tips and fireweed and there are a number of restaurants to experience local recipes.

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Where to Live

Rentals are about $621 per month for a one-bedroom apartment. Median home value is$171,300.

How to Get Around

Air:

Small plane airlines travel regularly to Hoonah from other Southeast Alaskan communities including Sitka and Juneau. Many also offer charter flights.

Road:

Most of Hoonah’s amenities are within walking distance from the town center. If you would like to take advantage of over 150 miles of logging roads to see the surrounding landscape, car rental services are available. You can bring your personal vehicle by traveling to Hoonah via the Alaska Marine Highway ferry.

Water: 

Alaska Marine Highway System offers regular scheduled ferry service, passenger cabins and vehicle transport between select communities in Alaska, Canada and Washington. You can also rent a small boat if you would like to access more of the surrounding waters, beautiful bays and islands around Hoonah.

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