Alaskan Towns on the Edge
A traditional fishing town on the border with the West Chichagof-Yacobi Wilderness. The town has no roads and homes are connected by a boardwalk. The town is a great starting point for fishing charters, jet boats to Stag Bay, connections by plane to Juneau, or a bite to eat. Try the blackcod burger at Lisianski Inlet Inn cafe. The town host the Boardwalk Boogie, a music festival held in May in Pelican.
Another Alaskan town with a personality surrounded with stunning bueaty. Cordova is a fishing town with an interesting mining history. It can be reached via fast ferry from Whittier and Valdez.
Hyder is the real end of the road. Located at the end of the Portland Canal, the only way to drive there is through Canada. You can fly there from Ketchikan twice a week. No matter how you get there, the journey will be stunning. The cruise up Portland Canal (its technically a fiord) is a passage past mountains rising 7000ft out of the water. The flight from Ketchikan is through Misty Fiords National Monuement and the drive is through the Nass River Valley - the Tlingit Indian equivalent of the "garden of eden." Nearby there is Bear Glacier and a bear observatory along the Salmon River that is active in July and August.
Located on the largest island in Alaska, Craig is Prince of Wales largest town. It is a fishing town where some of the largest salmon are hauled in. You can drive to Craig once you get to the island. In fact, you can drive almost anywhere on the island - it has over 1000 miles of road left over from extensive logging in the last century. There is a wonderful collection of totems in nearby Klawock. To get there, take the inter-island ferry from Ketchikan to Hollis and drive across the island. This is not the Alaska State Ferry, so be sure you follow the hyperlink to get to the right ferry
This little town has always had strategic value due to its location. In WW2 it was an army base. In this century it is a tourism and recreation base. The entire town lives in one building- the high rise army barracks that rise above town. The road into Whittier is a one lane tunnel through a mountain. There is schedule for when you can use the tunnel to go the direction you want. Its closed nights.
In Whittier you can join day trips to view the stunning glaciers of Prince William Sound and catch an Alaskan State Ferry.