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Top 5 Things To Do in Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska, also known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” is a must-see stop when visiting southeastern Alaska. A popular cruise port stop, Ketchikan, offers visitors from around the world a true Alaskan experience, with fishing, picturesque hiking and more. Ketchikan is the fifth largest populated city in Alaska with the Tongass National Forest bordering the city. Ketchikan also has a rich history and heritage and is home to the largest collection of totem poles in the world. The totem poles reach back to the days of the Native Americans living on the land and were cultural symbols typically made out of red cedar trees.

Whether you plan to visit Ketchikan by boat or by plane (Ketchikan is home to the Ketchikan International Airport), Ketchikan offers adventures and activities for everyone to enjoy. Ketchikan is unique in that it is a blend of old and new, celebrating and preserving the area’s rich past while celebrating the here and now.

Ketchikan Recommendations

In addition to viewing the totem poles, a tribute to and symbol of history past, there are many activities to enjoy while in the area. Here are the top five things to do during your trip to Ketchikan, Alaska.

1. Fishing Charters

Whether you are an avid fisher or want to try something new and try your luck, Ketchikan, Alaska is home to some of the best fishing charter tours in the country. A number of top tour companies offer a deep-sea experience, providing visitors with an opportunity to cast their nets and get some incredible Alaskan catches. Find a deep-sea fishing charter in the area by searching it and reading customer reviews. The halibut and salmon are sure to not disappoint.

2. Misty Fjords National Monument

Located just 40 miles south of the heart of Ketchikan, the Misty Fjords National Monument is located within the Inside Passage of southeastern Alaska. Within the protected U.S. National Forest lands, visitors can see grizzly and black bears that call the area home as well as many other creatures and wildlife. The National Monument can be viewed by cruise ship or plane. There are also opportunities to participate in a chartered overnight backpacking exhibition or a kayak trip through the area.

3. Canoe Tours

Canoe tours are also a great activity to do while visiting Ketchikan. Canoe tours give visitors a survey of the land and provide plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with the Alaskan wildlife. Many tour companies offer traditional canoes for rent or for an excursion as well as the large, 20 person canoes, great for groups and families with children. Many of the canoe tours are guided as experts can answer any questions you may have about the wildlife, terrain or interesting history of the area.

4. Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

The major thing that attracts visitors from all over the globe to Alaska is its wildlife and natural beauty. When visiting Ketchikan, the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary is definitely a place to stop and see! The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary is a 40 acre natural reserve that includes a trail where visitors can walk. The sanctuary is home to “one of Alaska's richest salmon spawning streams,” and has informational exhibits. For more information on visiting the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, click here.

5. Orca Whale Tours

Ketchikan, Alaska is also home to orca whales. Book a kayak tour to secure your chance to spot orca whales in their natural habitat. Find great tours and pricing by searching for orca whale tours Ketchikan and reading past visitor reviews. Some tours even come complete with a fresh salmon picnic lunch.

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