Visitor Centers

Visiting Alaska is an adventure!

Add to your enjoyment with a stop at one of several visitor centers. Get the information you need to enjoy your visit to Alaska’s National Forests.

There are three major Forest Service visitor centers in Alaska.  All feature beautiful exhibits, interpretive programs for visitors during the summer months, and educational programs for children during the school year.  In each center movies or other audiovisual programs are offered.  


  • Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

    Entrance to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor center has a great view of Mendenhall Glacier and Lake.

    The Mendenhall Glacier is one of Southeast Alaska’s most popular attractions. Located a short drive from downtown Juneau in the Tongass National Forest. The glacier is twelve miles long from its origin on the Juneau Icefield to its terminus at Mendenhall Lake.

  • Begich, Boggs Visitor Center

    Aerial view of the Begich Boggs Visitor Center.

    The Visitor Center offers an unique opportunity to learn about the Chugach National Forest in the Portage Valley. Award-winning exhibits, educational presentations, information services, and an Alaska Geographic bookstore are available to serve the public.

  • Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

    Inside the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, info desk, totem pole, exhibits.

    The main gateway to the Tongass National Forest in Ketchikan, Alaska. The center contains exhibits and interactive displays on the nature, people and traditions of Southeast Alaska. A visitor can experience a temperate rainforest, witness a native fish camp, and view wildlife up close through a spotting scope.

  • Petersburg Visitor Information Center

    A packraft on a beach near Petersburg

    The Petersburg Visitor Information Center is filled with brochures, maps, videos, posters, books and a friendly staff. All to help you find the information you need to enjoy your visit to Petersburg, Alaska.