You Might Be Surprised To Learn That Alaska Has A Rainforest, And It’s The Largest In The US

Picture this: 17 million acres of huge trees, temperate rainforest, jolting fjords, booming waterfalls, steep mountain peaks, fascinating amounts of wildlife, glistening glaciers and some of the rarest types of flora and fauna in the world. Captivated much? We understand, we are too. The Tongass National Forest in the southeast region of Alaska is the largest national forest in the entire United States and lets just say, it’s unlike anywhere else in the world. This place encompasses exactly what your backcountry dreams are made of and your sightseeing fantasies are filled with. If you do one thing while you’re in Alaska, put this at the very tippy-top of your bucket list.

If you love exploring the great outdoors in the last frontier, you’ll love this list of 15 incredible hikes under 5 miles that everyone in Alaska should take. And if you’re loyal to the southeast region of the state, don’t worry – the list has you covered!