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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.

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

More about Ketchikan, Alaska Points of Interest

  • 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 collection of totem poles.

  • 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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Totem Bight State Park & Ketchikan Highlights

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-100 K T N - 1 0 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $59.95

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Totem Bight State Park & Lumberjack Show

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-110 K T N - 1 1 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $94.95

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Saxman Native Village, Dance Performance & Totem Park

2 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-120 K T N - 1 2 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $84.95

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

2 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-121 K T N - 1 2 1

Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $84.95

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Ultimate Saxman Experience: Cultural Showcase, Native Crafts & Culinary Tasting

3.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-125 K T N - 1 2 5

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $159.95

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Ultimate Saxman Experience: Cultural Showcase, Native Crafts & Culinary Tasting (Wheelchair Accessible

3.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-126 K T N - 1 2 6

Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $159.95

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Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

1.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-300 K T N - 3 0 0

Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $43.00

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

2 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-305 K T N - 3 0 5

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $74.95

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Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show & Crab Feast

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-315 K T N - 3 1 5

Wheelchair Accessible, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $144.95

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Exclusive Coastal Cruise & Oyster Farm with Ocean-to-Table Tasting

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-320 K T N - 3 2 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $189.95

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Crab Feast at George Inlet Lodge

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-325 K T N - 3 2 5

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $139.95

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Local Connections: Ketchikan Photo Safari with Nature Photographer

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-330 K T N - 3 3 0

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $139.95

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Historical Ketchikan & Creek Street Walking Tour

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-380 K T N - 3 8 0

Wheelchair Accessible, Easy Activity

From $49.95

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Local Connections: Ketchikan Pub Walk Created by Bar Historian

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-385 K T N - 3 8 5

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $89.95

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Zipline Adventure Park

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-400 K T N - 4 0 0

Strenuous Activity

From $159.95

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Rainforest Zip, Skybridge & Rappel Adventure

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-405 K T N - 4 0 5

Shopping Opportunities, Strenuous Activity

From $244.95

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Rainforest Sanctuary Nature Walk & Totem Park

2.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-420 K T N - 4 2 0

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $134.95

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Rainforest Island Nature Walk & Seahawk Adventure

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-425 K T N - 4 2 5

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $199.95

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Rainforest Canoe & Nature Trail

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-430 K T N - 4 3 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $139.95

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Rainforest Trail E-Bike & Nature Walk

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-455 K T N - 4 5 5

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $169.95

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Backcountry Jeep & Canoe Safari

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-500 K T N - 5 0 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $249.95

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Adventure Kart Expedition

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-510 K T N - 5 1 0

Moderate Activity

From $299.95

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Off-Road UTV Safari, Cruise, Crab & Craft Beer

4.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-520 K T N - 5 2 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $369.95

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Wilderness UTV Family Adventure

3.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-525 K T N - 5 2 5

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $259.95

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Deluxe Salmon Sportfishing Expedition

5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-550 K T N - 5 5 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $359.95

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Ketchikan Salmon Fishing

4.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-555 K T N - 5 5 5

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $269.95

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Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining - a Discovery Exclusive

5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-560 K T N - 5 6 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $419.95

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Authenic Alaska Fishing Experience

5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-570 K T N - 5 7 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $494.95

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Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles Excursion

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-600 K T N - 6 0 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $129.95

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Local Connections: Deadliest Catch Crab Fishermen's Tour Created by Captain David Lethin

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-610 K T N - 6 1 0

Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $239.95

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Alaska Crab Expedition: Wildlife Cruise & King Crab Snack

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-615 K T N - 6 1 5

Wheelchair Accessible, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $284.95

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Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise

5.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-620 K T N - 6 2 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $229.95

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Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise (Wheelchair Accessible)

5.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-621 K T N - 6 2 1

Wheelchair Accessible, Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $229.95

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Coastal Wildlife Cruise - an Animal Planet Exclusive

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-630 K T N - 6 3 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $209.95

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Waterfront & Wildlife Cruise

2 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-635 K T N - 6 3 5

Easy Activity

From $119.95

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Wildlife Safari Cruise & Beach Bonfire

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-640 K T N - 6 4 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $229.95

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Best of Ketchikan: Totems, Wildlife Cruise & Alaska Appetizers

3.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-645 K T N - 6 4 5

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $219.95

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Wilderness Exploration Cruise & Crab Feast

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-650 K T N - 6 5 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $229.95

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Wilderness Cruise & Silverking Lodge Seafood Feast

3.75 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-655 K T N - 6 5 5

Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $199.95

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Town & Harbor Duck Tour

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-660 K T N - 6 6 0

Easy Activity

From $84.95

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Alaska Bear Encounter by Land & Sea

4.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-685 K T N - 6 8 5

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $524.95

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Jeff Corwin Hosts Alaska Bear Encounter by Land & Sea

4.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-686 K T N - 6 8 6

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $534.95

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Exclusive Wilderness Zodiac Quest

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-705 K T N - 7 0 5

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

From $259.95

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Eagle Islands Sea Kayaking

3.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-770 K T N - 7 7 0

Strenuous Activity

From $129.95

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Misty Fjords National Monument by Seaplane

2 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-800 K T N - 8 0 0

Easy Activity

From $479.95

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Exclusive Flightseeing & Taste of Alaska

3 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-820 K T N - 8 2 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity, Includes meal

From $399.95

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Alaska Bear Adventure & Flight

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-875 K T N - 8 7 5

Moderate Activity

From $784.95

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Black Bear, Wildlife & Nature Walk - an Animal Planet Exclusive

3.25 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-885 K T N - 8 8 5

Shopping Opportunities, Moderate Activity

From $404.95

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Private Hummer Adventure with Driver

4 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-900 K T N - 9 0 0

Easy Activity

From $759.95

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City Highlights, Totems & Creek Street by Trolley

1.5 hours | Ketchikan | KTN-950 K T N - 9 5 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $49.95

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