Roughly the size of West Virginia, Tongass National Forest is America’s largest national forest. Leashed dogs are welcome year-round on trails leading to epic glaciers, rainforests, salmon streams and jaw-dropping panoramic views. At the tail end of spring, visitors can enjoy something equally as majestic: the sprouting of more than 50 different types of native wildflowers. Walk among violets, bluebells and other colorful plants poking their heads above ground along the moderate Deer Mountain Trail, one of many popular paths through the forest. Plan your visit between May and June for the best selection of flora.
You’ll need a few days to explore all that Tongass has to offer. Spend your nights at The Landing Hotel & Restaurant, and enjoy this natural paradise and the picturesque Alaskan countryside with your pooch.