Eye on the World: Icy Strait Point, Alaska

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Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska is currently constructing a new dock and welcome center for cruise ships, which will be completed this fall and ready to receive cruise ships in spring 2016. This town of approximately 765 residents might seem small for many city-goers, but it definitely doesn’t skimp on experiences. I had the opportunity to spend three days in Hoonah last week getting to know the local people, getting in touch with my nature-loving side, and also letting loose my adventurous side—I even rode a zipline, known as one of the longest ZipRiders in the world with the largest vertical drop. For your guests who love nature, or who are looking for a peaceful experience, an itinerary that includes Icy Strait Point as a port of call is a perfect option. During their time at Icy Strait Point, guests can spend time on the pebble-rocked beach while trying to spot whales or playing fetch with a local dog; take a kayak excursion; go in search of bears in the forest; or take a whale-watching cruise where they’re sure to spot orcas or humpback whales. For those who are a little more adventurous, the zipline should definitely be a must do. And, for those clients who want to take it easy, there’s a complimentary onsite museum of the old cannery (Icy Strait Point was a cannery in the early 1900s), plenty of adorable local shops where they can pick up some canned salmon to take home, and plenty of delicious food options—Crabby Bloody Mary, anyone? Sit back, and travel through Hoonah with us on this photo excursion.