Your Alaska adventure begins with a 6-mile van ride up the mountain, through the forest and past wildlife including deer, eagles, and brown bears, to the zip liner station. Share the experience with your family and friends, as the zip line has six side-by-side cables and chairs.
At the top, you'll take a short walk through the charming rainforest to the launching area, where a guide will help you safely get ready for a 1 1/2-minute thrill ride. Even in the summer, the weather in southeastern Alaska is unpredictable. Remember to wear warm, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket, and closed-toe shoes. And pack sunscreen because even on a chilly day, the sun shines brightly on any Alaskan mountain adventures!
Icy Strait Point has more to enjoy than just its world-famous zip line. You can book a whale and marine mammals tour in a covered and comfortable whale-watching vessel where you'll sail to the renowned Point Adolphus area, home to Alaska's largest summer population of humpback whales. You may see other marine life on the way too, like orcas, Steller sea lions, seals, and porpoises, but the whales are pretty much guaranteed. In fact, humpback whales have been sighted on every tour since they first departed in 2004.
Icy Strait Point is owned by its native population and operated by the Huna Totem Corporation. It was built with the goal to preserve the character of the local village and culture while helping the local economy.
The zip line is only 1.5 miles (2.41 kilometers) from the historic native Tlingit settlement of Hoonah, Alaska's largest Tlingit village and the original inhabitants of Glacier Bay. Head to nearby Hoonah to experience Alaskan native Tlingit culture and contemporary life, and attend a tribal dance show. Stop in the local restaurants to sample local Alaskan dishes like a sourdough bread bowl filled with freshly caught salmon, and finish it off with a slice of wild Alaskan berry pie.
You could spend the whole day in the village learning its history, popping in and out of the small shops, and visiting a restored Alaskan salmon cannery from 1912, which is now a museum.
The famous ZipRider® is worth the trip alone, but there is so much to see in the quaint port of Icy Strait Point. On your next adventure trip to the mountains of Alaska enjoy the exhilarating experience of riding the world's longest zip line, discover the local wilderness, as well as take the time to learn more about Native culture.