Things to Do in Ketchikan

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Things to Do in Ketchikan

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  • Mike K
    San Jose, CA9 contributions
    Never thought an Alaska rain forest and raptor sanctuary could be so fun. The guide was amazing, knowledgeable and filled with puns. I think her name was Rachel, Rebecca or Ruth; a female name that starts with an "R". Anyway, nice easy walk through the temperate rainforest, saw banana slugs, bald eagles and deer. Well worth the experience.
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • RichardQ_11
    Mirabel, Canada222 contributions
    We did this excursion with Island Wings Seaplane. We had excellent esplanations of the geography by our pilot Wiley. Absolutely Fabulous and recommend highly.
    Written June 24, 2022
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  • Linda D
    Concord, NH192 contributions
    Not too contrived -- it is old, it is legit, it shows you early settlement there. Pleasant spots of scenery and old buildings and history. It was well worth walking down.
    Written June 22, 2022
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  • Ann S
    18 contributions
    We took the city bus ($2 one way) from Ketchikan to this State Park a few miles north of the city. The bus driver let us know where to get off the bus and when and where we could catch it again. We paid a nominal fee and picked up a self-guided tour brochure for the interpretive trail. The hike is level and maybe a mile long. The brochure had numbered stops, explaining each totem pole, as well as the clan house. Most of the poles were carved in the 1930s and were replicas of earlier totem poles that stood in Native villages. Very interesting for people who like history and Native American culture.
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • Phillip T
    San Diego, CA3 contributions
    Coming from the desert you forget that some places can be so green and colorful even in winter! So pretty and full of fresh air everywhere. The moss is so extensive and aromatic.
    Written April 15, 2022
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  • gsmt47471015
    scarborough67 contributions
    This was a really nice trip which covered a Saxman village dance totem pole viewing and a trip to the carving shop to see how they are made , very informative and an insight into a different way of life
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • thetravelorganizer
    Tega Cay, SC541 contributions
    The Totem Heritage Center is built in the shape of a traditional native clan house. Here we learned that these poles can’t be read like a book; they were carved to honor important people or recall significant events in the life of the families or clan which erected them. Totem poles were never intended to be permanent museum displays; they were raised, allowed to weather and decay, finally returning to earth…again, completing the circle of life. They are preserved here to honor the rich culture that created them. The Ketchikan Story Project offers a thorough explanation of the Chief Johnson Totem Pole, one of the most photographed in the world. A replica stands less than a football field away from the Tongass Historical Museum at the intersection of Mill and Dock Streets. Admission structure here is the same as for the Tongass Historical Museum, except that you can purchase a “Museum Pass” which gives you entry to both for $9.
    Written June 13, 2022
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  • Ann S
    18 contributions
    This Forest Service interpretive center has very interesting displays and films explaining the natural and cultural history of the Ketchikan area.
    Written June 26, 2022
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  • Nancy H
    Bedford53 contributions
    We took this as an excursion from our cruise ship. I am not sure of the tour company though. This was a worthwhile place to visit to see how the native people lived. Doesn't take very long but very interesting!
    Written June 25, 2022
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  • DilrukshiH
    Colombo, Sri Lanka2,672 contributions
    A well maintained house of a prostitute, named "DOLLY" who lived many years ago.
    Its a fun place as you get to know about Dolly & her antics.
    It has many interesting tales connected to Dolly who lived their till she was 72 years.
    This place is on Creek st, & cannot be missed.
    Written October 15, 2019
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  • Susan M
    South 4 contributions
    Read several reviews that indicated they were glad they arranged for a cab ride for the 1 mile segment from the ship to the trail head. I will say that the last segment of that initial mile was almost as steep as the climb, but we traversed part of the way with one of the charming locals AND got to see the river chalk full of spawning salmon. Very cool. Great lookout about half way up the trail. I understand lots of folks turn around at that point but we trudged on to the top. Great views and we saw mountain goats grazing on the northwest slope. Wish we could have had time to hike this mountain at an enjoyable pace, but committed to an 11:00 turn around time. We got to the top by 11:00, but did have to haul butt to do it.
    Written October 1, 2019
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  • Chaitanya
    Cambridge, Canada988 contributions
    The rainbird trail is a good hike and has one of its entrances just off the highway.
    Closer to the highway entrance - it has a decent spot with beautiful views of the lake, inlet and mountains. The viewpoint is closer to the highway entrance.
    Written November 2, 2019
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  • thetravelorganizer
    Tega Cay, SC541 contributions
    The Tongass Historical Museum at 629 Dock Street, is just a 10 minute walk from where the cruise ships dock The Museum’s location, alongside and overlooking Ketchikan Creek, where salmon begin their journey upstream to spawn and die, is meant to convey that we are part of a circle of life much larger than any of us. There’s a subtle genius to the way colored panels are used to organize the museum’s exhibits. Salmon (of course!)-colored interpretive signs describe each exhibit’s central theme. Panels with white text on a green background present photos, examples, and explanations of each theme. Finally, lighter green-gray panels present supportive quotations to ground each exhibit in the experience of individuals (often local). It’s like a color-coded outline to each exhibit. Admission is $6/18+, $5/senior, 17 and below are free.
    Written June 13, 2022
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  • Blaine B
    16 contributions
    This little park is very beautiful with ponds, river, and fish hatchery. We spent several hours throwing the football around and playing with local dogs out for a walk.
    Written July 19, 2021
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  • N3065LKdebbies
    Abingdon, VA364 contributions
    You can’t say you have been to Ketchikan until seeing the sign! What a lovely spot. The area all around is Breathtaking!
    Written September 14, 2020
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