彼得斯堡坐落于兰格尔海峡北部尽头 ，22 英里长但仅有 300 英尺宽、 19 英尺深 ， 位于阿拉斯加挪威文化的中心区域。
该社区占地约 3,000 英亩 ， 中心区域是繁忙但风景秀丽的海滨 ， 整齐地排列着码头、作业船和风化褪色的船库 ， 用独特挪威花艺花卉画饰装饰的房屋和企业整齐地排列在安静的街道上。沿旧彼得斯堡中心新利巷前行，可观赏到最美的花卉画饰。大多数街道都是建在汉默泥沼地的桩上，由挪威之子厅（一栋建于1912 年的大型桩式白色建筑）管理。汉默泥沼自身就是摄影者的最爱，因为其完美呈现了彼得斯堡海滨区域的多姿多彩。
该城镇于 1897 年由挪威人彼得 · 布施曼建立 ， 小镇的高级海港、丰富的鱼类和附近勒孔特冰川丰富的冰体资源 ， 促使他在该区域建立了一家罐头厂。他劝说他的挪威朋友们迁移新址，用他的名为这座新镇命名。如今，无论是街道名称还是电话簿上，随处可见到彼得斯堡的挪威历史的踪迹。
彼得斯堡具有阿拉斯加最大规模的大比目鱼群体 ， 这里的鱼类数量足够支撑四家罐头厂和两个冷藏厂。罐头厂建于水中桩上，可以俯瞰到船港中停泊的船舶、驳船、渡轮和水上飞机。这个海港虽然繁忙但并不深，因此彼得斯堡不能停泊大型邮轮。大多数游客选择乘坐阿拉斯加海洋高速公路渡轮抵达这里，还有一部分选择搭乘小型邮轮和每日都有的喷气机航班。
彼得森堡横跨弗雷德里克海峡 ， 起点是高山顶峰壮观的冰墙 ， 包括独一无二的 “ 魔鬼的拇指 ” – 形成连绵起伏、被皑皑白雪覆盖山顶的天际线。近旁的勒孔特冰川的冰山崩解如海的壮观景象也会令游客终生难忘。南侧大部是米特科夫岛领土，其上建有公路系统，能够带领游客抵达美国森林服务中心营地、登山健行步道、鱼梯、孵化场和黑嘴天鹅观景台。
勒孔特冰川位于彼得森堡东部 25 英里处。邮轮一日游可带游客观赏到冰川和空中美景，冰川之上探险活动最近是十分热门的。大多数探险者都会加入导览漂流之旅，欣赏冰川及海豹聚集在冰川周围的盛况。因靠近彼得森堡，所以这里有诸多的漂流、登山远足和租赁公用小木屋的大好时机。如需步道、小木屋和户外用品提供商的清单，请联系 通加斯国家公园 彼得森堡区域办公室。
挪威文化对彼得森堡的影响在五月中旬期间展现地淋漓尽致 ， 此时该镇会有一个为期四天的小挪威节 ， 人们穿着挪威服饰 ， 游行、做游戏、载歌载舞。此盛事的亮点在于您可以品尝到风味极佳的海鲜自助和虾类产品。您将在这里品尝到世界上最新鲜美味的虾、螃蟹和大比目鱼。
彼得森堡最著名的活动就是赏鲸。从五月中旬至九月中旬，是座头鲸迁徙到弗雷德里克海峡的月份，该海峡距离城镇西北部 45 英里。进食高峰期是在七月和八月，您在此期间还能有机会看到北海狮、逆戟鲸和海豹。包船运营商会提供六至八小时的赏鲸之旅，您可从彼得森堡游客中心 (907-772-4636) 处获取提供此类旅游项目的运营商清单。
Blind River Rapids Boardwalk
South of Petersburg, at mile 14.5 of Mitkof Highway, is the mile-long Blind River Rapids Boardwalk that winds through an interesting stretch of muskeg to a set of rapids on the river and a scenic area. In July the river is busy with anglers trying to land king salmon.
Bojer Wikan Fisherman-s Memorial Park
Bojer Wikan Fishermen's Memorial Park is located along Sing Lee Alley and is more of a deck than a park. Built on pilings over Hammer Slough, the memorial features a nine-foot bronze sculpture of local fisherman Bojer Wikan and honors all his fellow crewmembers lost at sea. Also on display is the Valhalla, a replica of a Viking ship that was built in 1976 and purchased by Petersburg two years later.
Home to the largest home-based halibut fleet in Alaska, many visitors arrive in Petersburg hoping to catch one of those bottom feeders. The town boasts a large number of charter fishing guides who are more than happy to take clients out for a day on the water with hopes of catching a Pacific halibut that can weigh anywhere from 100 to even 300 pounds. Others are just as happy to troll for king and silver salmon.
Clausen Memorial Museum
Petersburg’s outstanding museum Clausen Memorial Museum is home to an interesting collection of artifacts and relics, much of it related to local fishing history. Exhibits include the largest king salmon ever caught (126 pounds), a giant lens from the old Cape Decision lighthouse, a Tlingit dugout canoe and the 30-minute film, “Petersburg: The Town Fish Built.” Outside is Fisk, the intriguing fish sculpture that was commissioned in 1967 to honor the Alaska centennial.
Eagle-s Roost Park
Within easy walking distance of downtown Petersburg is this small park with a picnic table and benches. Its most popular visitor attraction, however, is the Narrows Viewing Platform, an excellent place to view eagles roosting in trees or feeding in Wrangell Narrows. You can also follow a trail down to the beach to explore tide pools at low tide.
Le Conte Glacier
Le Conte is the southern-most tidewater glacier in Alaska and is only 20 miles by boat from Petersburg. Icebergs that have calved off Le Conte often float into Frederick Sound and can be seen from the Petersburg shoreline. There is a variety of ways to experience the glacier from Petersburg including flightseeing, kayaking and day-long charter boat cruises, some of which include whale watching in Frederick Sound.
Little Norway Festival
Petersburg's best event is the Little Norway Festival
, held the third full weekend in May to celebrate Norwegian Independence Day. The event includes a foot race, booths, games and dances. Best of all are the fish and shrimp feeds, all-you-can-manage-to-eat affairs with everything caught locally. You’ll never have seafood so fresh unless you catch it yourself.
Outlook Park is a marine wildlife observatory located halfway between town and Sandy Beach Picnic Area on Sandy Beach Road. The covered timber-frame shelter was built by a local shipwright and is modeled after the Norwegian Stave Churches. It is equipped with free binoculars to search Frederick Sound for humpbacks, orcas, sea lions and icebergs or for viewing the snow-covered peaks of the Coast Mountains and Devil's Thumb.
Sandy Beach Recreation Area
Sandy Beach Recreation Area is a beautiful day-use area only two miles from downtown. The extensive tide flats are the sites of ancient Alaska Native petroglyphs and 2,000-year-old Tlingit fish traps seen snaking across the mud at low tide. Sandy Beach is also a great place for tide pooling on medium to low tides while three picnic shelters, picnic tables, a forest trail and restrooms are available.
Petersburg is the staging point for a number of interesting trips for kayakers. The most popular destination is Le Conte Glacier. From town, it takes one to two days to reach the frozen monument, including crossing Frederick Sound north of Coney Island. If the tides are judged right, and the ice is not too thick, it's possible to paddle far enough into Le Conte Bay to camp within view of the glacier. Kayaks rentals are available in Petersburg, but travelers can also arrange a boat transport to Le Conte Glacier to avoid paddling Frederick Sound. Guided trips are also available.
Sons of Norway Hall
Just past Middle Boat Harbor lays Sing Lee Alley, the heart and soul of old Petersburg. Much of this picturesque street is built on pilings over Hammer Slough while dominating it is the Sons of Norway Hall. The large white building with the colorful rosemaling was built in 1912 and is a National Historic Site. The social hall still serves as the center for Petersburg's Norwegian culture and during the summer visitors can stop by to watch Norwegian dancers and enjoy a wonderful buffet complete with Norwegian pastries, pickled herring and fish cakes.
From mid-May to mid-September humpback whales migrate through and feed in Frederick Sound 30 miles northwest of Petersburg with the peak feeding period in July and August. Several charter boat operators offer six- to eight-hour whale-watching tour from Petersburg that also includes the historic Five Finger Lighthouse, Brothers Islands and usually other marine wildlife such as Steller sea lions, orcas and seals.