Alaska’s ‘first city’, Ketchikan is situated along the shores of Alaska’s Inside Passage within the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Evergreen mountains rise out of the water, the lush green landscape nurtured by the abundant rainfall of the temperate rainforest environment. Visitors are presented with a remarkable array of activities and attractions that highlight the town’s history, industry and culture and bring them up close to our resident wildlife. Ketchikan’s impressive variety of shops and galleries feature work by many of the island’s resident artists as well as an assortment of souvenir items and unique gifts that make shopping a must do. Visitors are presented with a good choice of one-day tours that can be enjoyed infour hours or less. These include a self guided option based on the official Walking Tour map that direct visitors to the numbered signs posted along the routes. Together with this, visitors can pay for an audio walking tour, which provides inciteful information about what is seen. Also on offer is the opportunity to experience the real Alaska, by going fishing or wild-life viewing.
Another option is to rent a classic car that includes a self touring guide, an experience that helps visitors return to their youth. Truly worth visiting are the Ketchikan Alaska Museums and Heritage Centres that are home to fascinating totem poles and native Alaskan artefacts, along with preserving and promoting local traditional arts and crafts. These include the Tongass Historical Museum with both permanent and temporary exhibits, and the Southeast Alaska Discovery Centre with a flexible plan that allows for improvisation by educational groups, community groups and families. If possible enjoy the amazing local food on offer, such as king crab, salmon and halibut, Ketchikan’s seafood specialties that are always fresh.