Ketchikan is one of Alaska’s most visited cruise ports, renowned for its salmon fishing, wildlife, and indigenous heritage. On this tour, take in all the highlights with a local guide. See the famous salmon ladder, admire the traditional totem poles at the Saxman Native Village, enjoy whale-watching from Rotary Beach, and look out for seals, eagles, and bears at Herring Cove.
Incredible wildlife sightings like whales, seals, and bears
See the world’s largest collection of totem poles at Saxman Native Village
Choice of several departure times throughout the day
Although late in the season, we enjoyed sunny, warm weather the day we visited. We had a small group in a van, with Carson as our guide. Carson was very informative and personable. He has been a resident of the area for many, many years. He was able to talk about the totems and the buildings from a first hand knowledge, having participated in some of its construction.We learned about the life cycle of salmon, and of bears, eagles and wildlife. We enjoyed our time with him and would recommend the tour to anyone.
On a rainy morning in Ketchikan, Mike's daughter met our group (her sign said Seaside Tours) at the Ketchikan Rain Gauge (actually a little building with a statue behind it, on the pier). The were friendly and ready for us, with their van. Mike drove us around town, explaining various spots, stopping often with plenty of info and colorful explanations about the local lore and local folks. He was easy-going and gregarious, laughed easily, and admitted up-front that he might not be politically correct. (That was okay, but maybe he should have reined it in a bit...) We had a very personal tour, felt like we'd met a happy local, saw interesting local sites.
Local guide Mike took us to main attractions in Ketchikan plus his favorite spots or so it seemed. Ran out of time due to whale watching so Saxman Totem Village was a quick viewing, but wouldn't change the experience. Teens enjoyed his stories and stops. Salmon ladder amazing as they were running.
Best way to see Ketchikan, history, sights, and sounds you won't find in town.salmon swimming up the salmon ladder, eagles, seals and bears catching salmon in the river. Our tour guide did a fantastic narration of Saxman Totem Row Park.
We visited ketchikan on an extremely rainy day. Our guide, Mike, made the best of it. He was enthusiastic and informative. He tried hard to find us bears, but nature didn't cooperate. I would definitely recommend Mike with Seaside Tours.