Ketchikan, Alaska

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Scenic, diverse Ketchikan is a coastal island community located at the southernmost entrance to Alaska’s Inside Passage.  It is surrounded by the magnificent Tongass National Forest that, at 16.7 million acres, is the largest US national forest.  

This popular destination is also Alaska’s second largest cruise port. Your choices are almost endless and guarantee that you will find your perfect day here in Ketchikan. You can enjoy superb fishing, wildlife viewing, outdoor recreation, thriving Native culture, unique shopping, and amazing scenery. offers an array of amazing experiences for the leisure-minded traveler or the adventure-seeker! 

Just 22 miles east is the Misty Fjords National Monument.  This is a natural mosaic of sea cliffs, steep fjords, blue glacial lakes, majestic waterfalls, snow capped peaks, and rock walls jutting 3,000 feet straight out of the ocean. Excursions are varied and sure to be an adventure, such as kayaking through the fjord’s protected coves and inlets, taking a day cruise to see the majestic waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and abundant wildlife and flora, or even a floatplane flightseeing tour over the stunning landscape. 

The wildlife that surrounds Ketchikan includes mountain goats, brown bears, black bears, moose, martens, wolves, wolverines, river otters, sea lions, harbor seals, orcas, and Dall porpoises. Bird species include bald eagles, herons, hummingbirds, trumpeter swans, puffins, back-legged kittiwakes, and common murres. All five Pacific salmon species are in the Alaskan waters. 

The downtown area is easily walkable.   Ketchikan’s impressive variety of shops and galleries feature work by many of the island’s resident artists. You will enjoy discovering the creations of local painters, sculptors, weavers, jewelry designers, carvers, photographers, writers, and more. 

Southeast Alaska is home to three Native groups: The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. Each group brings their cultural traditions to influence the life here.  Ketchikan is a close‐knit community of nearly 14,000 who warmly welcome visitors who seek to explore a community rich in history and culture. 




Totem poles and Native cultural tours/activities 

Misty Fjords National Monument  

Outdoor activities  


Walking tours 

Wildlife viewing     


Dining on wild Alaska seafood   

Museums and attractions 

Adventure Tours      

Sightseeing Tours 

Live Music 



Historic Creek Street         

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show 

Tongass Historical Museum   

Totem Heritage Center 

Dolly’s House Museum     

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center 

Saxman Totem Park         

Totem Bight State Historical Park 

Potlatch Park                   

Stedman‐Thomas Historic District 

Downtown Ketchikan Historic District 



Multi‐course seafood tasting    

Fishing/beach cookout

Crab feed        

Seafood boil Pub crawl         

Culinary tour 



Group tours by bus      

Van and vehicle small group Floatplane and helicopter    

Day cruise boats 

Humvee, Jeep        

Amphibious craft 

Commercial crab boat     

Sea cycling

Fishing charter

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