Where the pine trees meet the ocean in the national monument known as Misty Fjords

Cruise to Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan sits at the southern end of Alaska’s Inside Passage— a gateway to the wild landscapes and seascapes of Misty Fjords National Monument. The canned salmon capital of the world, it’s a hub for fishing and outdoor sports. It’s also home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians, making it a great place to get a taste for the local culture. You’ll see it in the colorful, hand-carved totems that line the city’s streets and parks, and in the unique stilted homes that cling to Deer Mountain’s slopes. If you want to get up close and personal with nature, venture into the Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States. Or head to Ketchikan Creek Waterfall for amazing views of downtown Ketchikan and a glimpse at the yearly salmon runs.
National Language English
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Things To Do in Ketchikan

Detail of totem pole at Saxman Village tribal house near Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska Things To Do Totem Poles Saxman Village



Ketchikan has more totem poles than anywhere in the world. And just south of downtown at Saxman Native Village you’ll find a nice collection of finely carved and decorated totems— all authentic replicas— plus a replica clan house.

Hiking through the Tongass Trail Forest in Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska Things To Do Tongass Trail Forest



If you’re craving natural thrills, venture past the town limits into Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the U.S., it’s a great place to spot local wildlife like deer, seals— even black bears and bald eagles.

Majestic body of water along the mountains with clouds floating over the water in one of Ketchikan, Alaska's national monuments known as Misty Fjords

Ketchikan, Alaska Things To Do Misty Fjords


If you really want to experience Alaska’s dramatic landscape, visit Misty Fjords National Monument. It’s 3,570 square feet of rock walls, towering trees, sea cliffs and dramatic fjords.

Grilled Salmon topped with rosemary, which is one of the most popular dishes in Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska Cuisine Salmon


Ketchikan isn’t called the canned salmon capital of the world for nothing. Seafood is incorporated in all sorts of dishes, from chowders and omelets to sandwiches and burgers. You’ll find plenty of American staples, but for a taste of the local culture try some traditional native foods like beach asparagus or seaweed. And for a pick-me-up, have a cup of locally roasted Raven’s Brew Coffee.

Lots of sail boats docked in the water in a small and quaint town with picturesque log cabins lined up along the water in Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska Boats Docked Cabins Town


The pier is home to specialty shops, galleries and boutiques. But be sure to wander downtown Ketchikan for local finds like authentic Alaskan art, Native crafts, furs and jewelry.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 You can pick up useful maps and brochures at the Ketchikan Visitors Center, located on the dock at Berth 2.
2 Ketchikan is one of the rainiest towns in North America, so bring waterproof gear and umbrellas.
3 Ketchikan’s crossing guards mean business. Use the crosswalks and listen to their instructions.

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