Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means "eagle with spread-out wings," a reference to a waterfall near town.

In the early 1900s, when gold was Alaska's claim to fame, fishing and timber industries were established in Ketchikan. The growth of these industries helped make this Inside Passage port Alaska's fourth-largest city.

Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world's oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city's colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.

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Points of Interest

  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
  • George Inlet Lodge
  • Creek Street
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  • Outdoor Adventures

    Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else. Go for a ride in an off-road vehicle, kayaking, hiking, nature watching, flightseeing, ziplining and more.

  • Totem Bight State Park

    Set amidst the peaceful forest, the park is home to 14 totem poles, each telling their own story, and a replica of a 19th-century clan house, offering a look into the Tlingit and Haida Native Alaskan cultures.

  • Saxman Native Village

    Experience the rich living culture of the Tlingits as they welcome you to their village. Unravel totem pole mysteries, see carvers in action, shop for fine art and enter a clan house to watch Native dancers.

  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

    This 40-acre rainforest reserve is home to bald eagles, black bear, seals and a variety of birds, a live eagle display and a master Native totem pole carver at work.

  • Misty Fjords National Monument

    Take in the dramatic beauty of a land slowly crafted by the hands of nature. It encompasses more than two million acres of sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, and crystalline lakes.

  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

    This celebration of a bygone era is a rip-roaring good time. World champion athletes compete in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and the thrilling 50-foot tree climb.

  • George Inlet Lodge

    A former cannery bunkhouse built in the 1940s, this historic lodge was towed on a log raft over 70 miles to its current site on the shores of the spectacular George Inlet waterway 15 miles south of Ketchikan.

  • Creek Street

    This historic boardwalk was a Red Light District during the Gold Rush. Now, it's a quaint place to tour Dolly's House museum, view totem poles, and shop at locally owned stores and galleries.

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City Highlights, Totems & Creek Street by Trolley

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-950
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Creek Street

Celebrate the rich history and culture of Ketchikan on this short tour that allows time for shopping and other excursions. Enjoy the city's highlights before a photo stop and interpretation of the world's largest totem pole collection. Then, stroll through infamous Creek Street - the city's old "red light district."

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Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

1.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-300
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Watch manly-men chop and saw wood, throw an axe, climb a tree, roll on a log and more at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Acclaimed by Travel Channel as one of the "Top 10 Things to See in Alaska," this rollicking presentation by real lumberjacks showcases Ketchikan's pioneer beginnings.

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Totem Bight State Park & Ketchikan Highlights

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-100
  • Creek Street
  • Totem Bight State Park

This guided tour brings you the highlights of Ketchikan as well as showing you some of the more colorful traditions of the Native Alaskan culture. You'll start with a motorcoach ride around town before arriving at Totem Bight Park to see the hand-carved totem poles and replica Native clan house.

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Town & Harbor Duck Tour

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-660
  • Creek Street
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience adventure with a splash in Ketchikan on Alaska's only "duck" tour. A modern, state-of-the-art amphibious vehicle takes you through the rustic streets and literally into the scenic harbor for a fun-filled tour of the best Ketchikan has to offer.

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Saxman Native Village, Dance Performance & Totem Park (Wheelchair Accessible)

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-121
  • Creek Street
  • Saxman Native Village

Get a rare opportunity to visit a living Native village - and access areas not available to independent guests - combined with a tour of the historic city of Ketchikan. You'll visit Saxman Native Village, witness Native dancing and see the craft of totem carving before taking a motorcoach tour of picturesque Ketchikan.

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Saxman Native Village, Dance Performance & Totem Park

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-120
  • Creek Street
  • Saxman Native Village

Get a rare opportunity to visit a living Native village - and access areas not available to independent guests - combined with a tour of the historic city of Ketchikan. You'll visit Saxman Native Village, witness Native dancing and see the craft of totem carving before taking a motorcoach tour of picturesque Ketchikan.

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Local Connections; Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Axe Throwing Challenge Created by Champion Ironjack

2 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-305
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

A rip-roaring good time with quality entertainment and a special axe throwing competition created by Ironjack Rob Scheer! The history of Alaska's frontier comes to life as lumberjacks display their dazzling skills in springboard chopping, buck sawing, log rolling and more! Then, your small group gets a private lesson with the athletes and a chance to try your hand at axe throwing yourself!

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Local Connections: Ketchikan Pub Walk Created by Bar Historian

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-385
  • Creek Street

Experience the fun and lively ambiance of Ketchikan's local pubs. This fun, informative and entertaining walking tour includes a sampler beverage at several locations. A stroll down historic Creek Street leads to a popular pub where you'll be entertained with live music and relax.

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Totem Bight State Park & Lumberjack Show

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-110
  • Creek Street
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Combine two of our most popular tours (100 and 300) and experience Alaska's past and present. After a sightseeing tour around Ketchikan, you'll travel to Totem Bight State Park for a look at Native culture and history. Then, get ready for rip-roarin' fun at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, which features chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, log rolling and more!

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Rainforest Sanctuary Nature Walk, Totems & Eagles

2.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-420
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

View many wonderful species of wildlife in their natural rainforest habitat on this mile-long guided trail walk, before touring a sawmill, viewing a bald eagle and exploring the on-site totem park.

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Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles Excursion

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-600
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Outdoor Adventures

All aboard the ten year CRUISE Award-winning wildlife voyage guaranteeing eagle sightings, ten eagles' nests, and views of Totem Bight State Park, Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing Area & historic Guard Island Lighthouse. Complimentary salmon spread, cheese, crackers, fruit, cookies, hot chocolate supreme, coffee, tea & soft drinks are provided throughout.

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Rainforest Canoe & Nature Trail

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-430
  • Outdoor Adventures

Grab a paddle for a gentle canoe ride on a secluded mountain lake. Scan the shore for wildlife and learn about the natural and Native history of the Ketchikan area from your experienced guide. Then, step ashore at base camp for an Alaska-style snack and trail hike.

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Local Connections: Ketchikan Photo Safari with Nature Photographer

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-330
  • Outdoor Adventures

Calling all photographers! Join in a small photo safari and focus on Ketchikan's stunning beauty and the chance of wildlife encounters. Led by a professional guide, you'll receive expert natural-history interpretation while picking up tips and techniques to enhance your images.

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Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Crab Feast

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-315
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
  • George Inlet Lodge

Experience what makes Ketchikan such an awesome place to visit with this Alaska-style lumberjackin' and crab-crackin' adventure! Watch rugged frontiersmen free-fall from trees, run on spinning logs and "battle" with axes and chainsaws at the famed Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Then, be treated to an all-you-can-eat crab feast!

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Rainforest Island Nature Walk & Seahawk Adventure

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-425
  • Outdoor Adventures

Join an experienced Alaska trail guide for a walk in the Tongass National Forest, through the natural beauty of the coastal rainforest on a remote island accessed only by sea. Cruise in an open motorboat and join an experienced Alaska guide along a boardwalk trail where you'll learn about different features of a temperate rainforest. You'll also enjoy a camp fire snack and an interactive beach life presentation.

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Zipline Adventure Park

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-400
  • Outdoor Adventures

Different from all other zip experiences, you can swing, scramble, climb and glide on suspended cables through a unique rainforest adventure park. This is a fun recreational outing for friends and family in a perfect setting - high in the lush green canopy of southeast Alaska's temperate rainforest.

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Rainforest Trail Bike & Hike Adventure

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-455
  • Outdoor Adventures

Get active in the great outdoors with a bike and hike adventure. Surround yourself with the natural beauty of Tongass National Forest as you pedal to a rustic creek-side camp and a warm campfire. Refuel with tasty snacks then embark on a guided nature walk.

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Sea Cycle Ocean Adventure

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-720
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience Ketchikan's beauty from a totally different perspective: from the seat of a sea cycle water bike. Pedal your way across Ward Cove, nestled in the Tongass National Forest, and behold an eagle's nest, a historic pulp mill and cannery site, a wildlife estuary and a floating log cabin.

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Backcountry Jeep & Canoe Safari

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-500
  • Outdoor Adventures

A land and sea adventure that's not to be missed. Drive a four-wheel drive automatic Jeep Wrangler* over Ketchikan's backroads, paddle an authentic Native-style canoe on a tranquil alpine lake, and trek through the lush rainforest.

* Registered

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Rainforest Sanctuary Walk, Totems, Eagles & Crab Feast

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-415
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • George Inlet Lodge

Explore the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary on a walk of discovery and marvel at spawning salmon, black bears, bald eagles, an old saw mill and a totem pole park. Then savor an all-you-can-eat crab feast at the rustic George Inlet Lodge on this delightful half-day tour.

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Hump Island Oyster & Kelp Farm with Tasting

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-320

Witness the joy of harvesting oysters with a cruise to the Hump Island Oyster Farm. View the facility, learn about the oyster growing process, get a below-the-waves look at the bay with underwater drone footage, meet the critters in the touch tank and enjoy snacks at the Oyster Bar.

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Wilderness Exploration Cruise & Crab Feast

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-650
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • George Inlet Lodge

Explore Alaska's wilderness and experience the life of a crab fisherman on a fully enclosed, heated tour vessel for this narrated cruise through the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat crab feast at the George Inlet Lodge, a historic cannery building converted to an elegant oceanside lodge.

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Wilderness Cruise & Silverking Lodge Seafood Feast

3.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-655
  • Outdoor Adventures

Indulge your senses in an unforgettable journey of sight, scent and taste. After a narrated tour of Ketchikan enjoy an adventure boat cruise in search of wildlife. Then, disembark at Silverking Lodge for a stroll into the heart of the rainforest. Your rewarding adventure ends with a delectable seafood feast.

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Coastal Wildlife Cruise

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-630
  • Outdoor Adventures

This 3 1/4-hour high-speed boat ride takes you on a search for black bears, eagles, seals, porpoise, sea lions, humpback and killer whales.

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Bear Creek Zipline Adventure

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-410
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Outdoor Adventures

Enter the fly zone on an eco-adventure for families, groups and first-time zipliners. Experience eight ziplines, lofty tree platforms and rappelling.

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Rainforest Zip, Skybridge & Rappel Adventure

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-405
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on the ultimate nature experience as you glide through the rich rainforest canopy along a series of dual cables suspended between tall spruce, hemlock and cedar trees. Watch for wildlife, a hidden waterfall and witness breathtaking views along the way.

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Wildlife Safari Cruise & Beach Bonfire

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-640
  • Outdoor Adventures

Join an intimate wildlife viewing adventure aboard a deluxe waterjet-powered expedition vessel, in search of whales, harbor seals, bears, eagles and more as you explore wilderness passages and rugged coastlines. A stop on a remote beach with Alaska Native camp hosts includes snacks and s'mores made over a campfire.

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Local Connections: Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour Created by Captain David Lethin

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-610
  • Outdoor Adventures

This 3-hour cruise aboard the Aleutian Ballad from season two of the TV series "Deadliest Catch" reveals the fascinating world of commercial fisherman. Get up close with crabs and octopus and view abundant wildlife amid stunning scenery. It's fun for the whole family as you explore in calm, sheltered waters.

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Backcountry Zodiac Expedition

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-700
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Outdoor Adventures

Skipper a custom-built motorized inflatable along the remarkable coastline of Revillagigado Island and the "Bridge to Nowhere's" Gravina Island for a unique Alaska adventure.

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Adventure Kart Expedition

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-510
  • Outdoor Adventures

Sit back, strap yourself in and hit the accelerator for an off-road adventure of a lifetime - you'll experience the rugged Alaska wilderness from the driver's seat of a specially designed off-road Tomcar adventure kart.

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Rainforest 4x4 Family Adventure & Camp Meal

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-515
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Saxman Native Village

Calling kids of all ages - embark on a fun, quiet and informative 4WD journey to a wilderness camp in the rainforest. Roast marshmallows over a campfire, drink hot cocoa and indulge in all-you-can-eat pancake meal as you learn local history. Return with a visit to Saxman Native Village Totem Park.

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Salmon Sportfishing Expedition

5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-550
  • Outdoor Adventures

Cook My Catch is available on this excursion. Experience the thrill of fishing on the protected waters of the Inside Passage aboard a large comfortable cabin cruiser with heated cabins and private bathrooms.

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Exclusive Flightseeing & Crab Feast

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-820
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • George Inlet Lodge

Get a whole new perspective on Alaska on this tour that combines flightseeing aboard an authentic Alaska bush plane, a thrilling water landing, and a meal at a rustic Alaska lodge. Be sure to come hungry!

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Misty Fjords National Monument by Seaplane (with Wilderness Landing)

2.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-800
  • Misty Fjords National Monument

Board an authentic Alaskan seaplane, then soar over Misty Fjords, the nation's second largest wilderness area, a place of exceptional beauty, before landing on a lake or a saltwater fjord.

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Hunting for Halibut

5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-570
  • Outdoor Adventures

Reel in a Pacific halibut during this Cook My Catch expedition! No matter your skill level, you'll fish like a local with a rod and reel, learn the secrets of hooks, tides and more with an experienced fishing guide at your side.

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Misty Fjords Seaplane & Crab Feast - Discovery Exclusive

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-815
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • George Inlet Lodge

Experience the Misty Fjords on this exhilarating small-group tour on that combines a flightseeing tour in the Misty Fjords National Monument, a thrilling water landing and a crab feast at a rustic Alaska lodge.

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Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flight

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-870
  • Outdoor Adventures

After an exhilarating 25-minute flight embark on a nature walk to Neets Bay in Tongass National Forest, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get an up close view of the endearing black bears of southeast Alaska in their natural habitat.

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Alaska Bear Adventure & Flight

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-875
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on a guided wildlife adventure that takes you to a remote site in the Tongass National Forest where you'll watch black bears in their natural habitat feeding on salmon runs.

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