Ketchikan, Alaska is the next stop on our Best of Alaska cruisetour after Juneau. The city was founded in 1885 as a salmon cannery site. Indeed, it’s the Salmon Capital of the World.
If you plan on exploring the city (as you should!), make sure you pack water resistant clothing because likely, you’ll be caught in the rain. According to TravelAlaska.com, the average annual rainfall here is 162 inches. As in the rest of Alaska, you never know what the whether is going to be like, so it’s best to dress in layers.
Docking at 10 am and departing at 6 pm, Best of Alaska guests have a fair amount of time to wander the streets, but definitely not enough time to do and see all there is available in Ketchikan. Whether you’re doing an excursion or not, you must take a walk along historic Creek Street.
Creek Street used to be an infamous street. It was formerly the Red Light District, but since 1954, most of the houses that you see built on stilts over the creek have been converted to shops. Staying true to its claim as the Salmon Capital of the World, salmon can be viewed from the historic boardwalk from May to September.
Aside from Creek Street, what else can you do? For a comprehensive list, definitely take a look at our shore excursions site. Here are our top four picks.
Misty Fjords Flightseeing Tour – A 2 hour floatplane tour giving you a bird’s eye view of the 2.3 million acre Misty Fjords monument.
Read about Cruise Specialist Matthew Vaughan’s experience here.
Lighthouse Totems and Eagles City Tour - A 3 hour narrated city tour that guarantees you eagle sightings.
Orca’s Cove Kayaking – Limited to 6 guests per trip, this 4 hour kayaking excursion brings shows off the serenity of the Tongass Forest.
There’s a good chance you’ll see wildlife such as humpback Whales, Orcas, porpoises, seals and sea lions as well.
Back Country Zodiac Adventure - Explore one of the most beautiful places on earth for 2.5 hours on a 14 foot inflatable boat.