10 Things to Do in Ketchikan That You Shouldn't Miss

Ketchikan, one of Alaska's most Southeastern cities, is the first stop for many cruises on their way to more Northern climes. A stay in Ketchikan itself can be rewarding, however, as the city is the gateway to Misty Fjords National Monument, an area so beautiful, it is known as "The Yosemite of the North." With steep valleys formed by glaciers and lava flows left by volcanic activity, Misty Fjords offers gorgeous views of natural formations, all reflected in the calm waters of Pacific inlets.

1. Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

116 Wood Rd, Ketchikan, AK 99901-9765 Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
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4.5 based on 755 reviews

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Reviewed By baird t - Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles, California

Extraordonary Tour

who knew? rain forest in southeast alaska.yup. 1/2 hour bus ride from the cruise dock. groups of 10-12 follow a guide for a 90 minite walk thru an abandoned sawmill site with acres of untouched forest and creatures.all down hill.all engrossing from the sa

2. Misty Fjords National Monument

Ketchikan, AK Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, National Parks, Geologic Formations, Monuments & Statues, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 805 reviews

Misty Fjords National Monument

This huge wilderness area includes hundreds of rivers and streams fed by melting glaciers each spring.

Reviewed By 2casagatos - San Antonio, TexasSan Antonio, Texas

Beautiful

It is along 4.5 hr boat ride and you stay on boat. Snack and drinks are available. Sights are pointed out and historic reference. You could become bored. I rated 5 because the boat and people were great. There is no guarantee you will see any wildlife or

3. Totem Bight State Historical Park

9883 N Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, AK 99901-9246 Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, State Parks More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 884 reviews

Totem Bight State Historical Park

Reviewed By KatieZ995 - Plymouth, MinnesotaPlymouth, Minnesota

Very interesting

This is a very interesting park just a short drive from downtown Ketchiken. We went after cruise ship season had ended and had the park to ourselves. We spent about an hour walking around the park and checking out all the Totems.

4. Creek Street

Ketchikan, AK Sights & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas
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4 based on 2106 reviews

Creek Street

Once a red-light district, now an arts and crafts shopping area.

Reviewed By pehu44 - Chichester, United KingdomChichester, United Kingdom

Unusual

This is the must see attraction in Ketchikan. A selection of gold rush properties on a wooden boardwalk on the waterfront. Most are now tourist shops or restaurants.

5. Tongass National Forest

Ketchikan, AK Nature & Parks, Forests
Excellent
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4.5 based on 110 reviews

Tongass National Forest

The nation's largest national forest.

Reviewed By mesatraveler - Mesa, ArizonaMesa, Arizona

A real gem

The nation' s largest national forest seems to cover most the state. Not really, but at least most of southeastern Alaska. Enjoy the scenery, quiet, beauty and a temperaterain forest. Whether this is your destination or simply a drive-by, it is special.

6. Totem Heritage Center

601 Deermount St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6611 Sights & Landmarks, Museums, Historic Sites, History Museums More
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4.5 based on 486 reviews

Totem Heritage Center

The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan and to preserve and promote Native artistic and cultural traditions through traditional classes. The Center is home to 33 authentic poles, numerous historic images, and Native art works. Educational and interpretive tours are available.

Reviewed By jer b - Bristol, ConnecticutBristol, Connecticut

One of the best highlights of our Alaskan tour

This center and museum has a wonderful collection of 19th century totem poles which were taken from Tlingit and Haida villages in the area. The inhabitants left villages to be closer to the employment and educational opportunities in Ketchikan and this ce

7. Saxman Native Village

Ketchikan, AK Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Historic Sites
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4 based on 615 reviews

Saxman Native Village

This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.

Reviewed By angeleyes27 - Marlton, New JerseyMarlton, New Jersey

Wonderful Insight into Tlinglit culture

I have been here twice. The first time I saw the show and the master carver. It was very enjoyable. They had all ages participating in the show. This time I took my husband here because I really enjoyed this village. So we took a taxi instead of a ship to

8. Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

50 Main St, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6559 Traveler Resources, Museums, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Visitor Centers More
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4.5 based on 240 reviews

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the gateway to the Tongass National Forest. Located just one block from the cruise ship docks in downtown Ketchikan, you can explore the amazing ecology of the coastal rainforest, connect with the rich cultures of the region's native peoples, discover how people earn a living from the forest, enjoy Junior Ranger activities with your kids and experience Alaska's rainforest from the comfort of our theatre through a variety of award-winning films. Wi-fi access is included with admission, and kids can play the Agents of Discovery augmented-reality game in the museum to sleuth out the truth about the Tongass

Reviewed By jer b - Bristol, ConnecticutBristol, Connecticut

Informative

This is a great place to start a tour of Ketchikan as there are plenty of displays and video presentations about Ketchikan, the Native American culture and the Tongass National Forest itself. We especially appreciated learning more about the Tlingit, Haid

9. Deer Mountain Trail

Ketchikan Lakes Road, Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan, AK 99901 Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
Excellent
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Deer Mountain Trail

Reviewed By Shailene_Hope

Waterfalls and slugs

From the cruise ship, we took the free shuttle to Totem Heritage Center and walked to Deer Mountain Trail. It was raining and we didn't reach a lookout point after 1 hour of hiking, and we saw quite a few people turning back without reaching a lookout poi

10. Potlatch Totem Park

9809 Totem Bight Rd, Ketchikan, AK 99901-9200 Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 340 reviews

Potlatch Totem Park

Reviewed By 2bemullins5 - Bristol, TennesseeBristol, Tennessee

Interesting

Excursion from NCL Bliss cruise...Potlatch is a short drive from Ketchikan and a good example of totem poles w history included. There’s a indoor display w a guide and then, there are several totem poles outside. Of course, there’s a souvenir store w ligh

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