Cruise boats dock right on the waterfront, so the attractions, bars and restaurants are just a short stroll away.
Get a feel for old-time Ketchikan by taking a walk along the Creek Street boardwalk, and shop for Alaskan souvenirs like toy moose and eagles at the port’s many shops.
Ride the cable car to a nearby hill for stellar views, visit Deer Mountain to learn about salmon hatching and eagle feeding habits, or take a scenic flight over the stunning granite cliffs of Misty Fjords National Monument.
Of course, if you’re into fly-fishing you’ll be in heaven in Ketchikan when the salmon are running. Other visitors take the opportunity to paddle a canoe, or see totem poles at the Saxman Native Village.
Review by Charles H, October 2012
Doing what: Ketchikan Shore Excursion: 90-Minute Fjords National Monument Seaplane Tour
Excellent ! Well worth the money!
Review by Kathryn B, September 2012
Doing what: Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Lighthouses, Totems and Eagles Cruise
A picture perfect day spent touring the waters of Ketchikan with a fun and knowledgeable team of guides. The salmon dip lives up to its rep and the yummy snacks hit the spot during our boat ride. This was a great trip and worth the money, The ride from the cruise port takes you through Ketchikan and out to the working part of the island. We saw eagles as soon as stepped on board as they were hanging out right in logger town. More eagles along the bay, a nice view of the totems at the Saxman village, great view of the little lighthouse and a bonus- some up close sightings of seals and sea lions catching their breakfast in the kelp beds. This is a fantastic tour when you have a limited time in port- five stars all the way! NOTE- the gangway is long and very steep. I would not recommend it for people with wheelchairs or walkers.
Review by Charlene S, September 2012
Doing what: Ketchikan Shore Excursion: 30 Minute Seaplane Spectacular Tour
Mark, our pilot was awesome. He landed on a lake and let us view a log cabin built alone in the wilderness. Amazing vistas. Saw some mountain goats but no eagles. I'd always take the later flights to increase the chances that the fog may lift somewhat. Fate bumped us to a later flight and it was to our advantage. I'd recommend it to anyone and already recommended it to anyone I've spoken to.