Icy Strait-FREE whale watching/local culture- Alaska
Icy Strait Point was built for cruise ships; the port is built around the restored Hoonah Packing Company Cannery complex. The port is small but very well laid out with a few trails to walk, but the best thing to do is walk the beach and whale watch (instead of spending $$ on a whale watching excursion) do this as soon as you arrive. Below is a picture of a whale feeding 50 feet from shore, ignore the expensive tours and just follow the whale. Take the free shuttle to the tiny town of Hoonah, make your way to the local library (FREE internet) and stop to have lunch at Mary’s Inn (see below, you overlook the water and great scenery), ask the waitress for what is fresh. Walk the 1 mile back to the port, tour the fishing dock and the coastline, great opportunities to watch bald eagles in their natural habitat. Great way to spend a day and take in the atmosphere.