Visitor Centers

No visit to the Tongass is complete without a stop at one of our visitor centers. Here you will learn all about the area and its inhabitants—both human and otherwise! Be sure to take some time on your trip to Ketchikan, Petersburg, or Juneau to visit, take a look around, and ask any questions you might have of our knowledgeable staff!

Front entrance of Southeast Alaska Discovery Center with trees on either side  Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is located in downtown Ketchikan. It has exhibits and a new film showing the nature and history of Southeast Alaska.  


Mendenhall Visitor Center  Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

The very first visitor center built by the Forest Service, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center provides a panoramic view of Mendenhall Glacier and a new film overviewing the region. From the Center, trails lead to view points and to near the glacier face.


Petersburg Visitor Center Petersburg Visitor Center

In Petersburg, the visitor center is downtown, less than a block from Main Street, three blocks from the harbor, and about a mile from the ferry dock. It, too, has displays and trip planning information.