Creek Street is the historical part of Ketchikan tourist-ified. If there are a couple of cruise ships in port, it will be crowded, and while picturesque and quaint, the stores are there to take advantage of free spending tourists. (I was among them. Bought a big piece of jewelry for my wife's anniversary gift. Oh well.) You haven't been to Ketchikan if you haven't wandered around Creek Street, but there is a hidden gem. There is a small lift that takes you up the hill to a lodge, and from there it's a nice walk (free too!) in real Alaska. There is a boardwalk and series of stairways that go through a rainforest, along the salmon ladders at the top of Creek Street. It's as pretty a spot as you'll find, and it's someplace that 99% of the tourists never go. If you want to be out of the maddening crowd, but stay within a 5 minute walk of Creek Street, try this out. It was one of the most memorable parts of our vacation. We even had a local host us for lunch. Best salmon sandwich I've ever had, and even better hospitality.
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