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Bone up on local history and biology at the Wrangell Museum in the Nolan Center, which houses informative and surprisingly entertaining exhibits, a well-stocked gift shop, and a helpful visitor center. Farther along Front Street, check out Kik-setti Totem Park before turning onto Shakes Street to see the town's prized attraction, Chief Shakes Island. You may want to spend time here just soaking in the harbor view and examining the old totem poles. Chief Shakes's grave site is on the hill overlooking Wrangell Harbor. Get here from Chief Shakes Island by turning right on Case Avenue. From the grave site, head up Church Street to the Irene Ingle Public Library. About 0.6 mile north of the ferry terminal along Evergreen Avenue you'll find Petroglyph Beach, where ancient etchings are visible along the shore. Be prepared to leave the observation deck behind: most of the best petroglyphs are scattered across the rocky beach. For a woodsy hike, climb Mt. Dewey, the hill right behind town. Farther afield (5 miles south of town) is the fun hike to Rainbow Falls.
It is a 1.5-mile walk between Petroglyph Beach and Chief Shakes Island, so you should plan at least three hours to complete the walk and sightseeing around town.