This historic bordello hub, once home to more than two dozen houses of ill repute, is a lot tamer these days. The brightly painted wooden buildings now house shops and galleries, as well as Dolly’s House, a museum that recounts the neighborhood’s colorful past. The boardwalk has become somewhat of a symbol of Ketchikan, so you’d be hard-pressed to find a city tour that doesn’t include a walk down Creek Street. A particularly popular way to enjoy the neighborhood is on a guided pub crawl to some of Ketchikan’s favorite watering holes.
Things to know before you go
- Creek Street is a must-see for any first-time visitor to Ketchikan.
- Don’t forget your camera; Creek Street is one of the most picturesque areas of Ketchikan.
- Creek Street and most of its businesses are wheelchair-accessible.
How to get there
The town of Ketchikan can only be reached by plane or boat. Once you’re in town, it’s easy to get to Creek Street (and the rest of the historic downtown area) on foot.
When to get there
Visit Creek Street in summer to watch salmon heading upstream to spawn from the viewing spot known as Salmon Ladder. June tends to be the best month for warmer weather and sparser crowds. Check the cruise ship schedule, and plan to visit when the fewest ships are docked.
Married Man’s Trail
Keep an eye out for the street sign to Married Man’s Trail at the end of Creek Street near Park Avenue. When Creek Street doubled as the red-light district, this trail—then little more than a muddy path along the creek—offered men a discreet entrance to the brothels of Creek Street so they wouldn’t get caught going through the front doors.
- Museo Histórico de Tongass
- Museo de la casa de Dolly
- Centro de descubrimiento del sureste de Alaska
- Puerto de Ketchikan
- Totem Heritage Centre
- Bosque Nacional Tongass
- Pueblo nativo de Saxman
- Santuario de la selva tropical de Alaska
- Ward Cove
- Parque histórico estatal Totem Bight
- Faro de Guard Island
- Pasaje interior
- Monumento Nacional Misty Fjords