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Things to Do in Ketchikan

Although the fishing here is absolutely fantastic, we would be remiss if we didn’t also mention the many other things Ketchikan has to offer. Now one of the leading tourist destinations in the northwest, Ketchikan has many exciting things to offer the adventurer, whether you are spending an afternoon or the entire week exploring!

Some of Ketchikan’s points of interest include:
  • Tongass Historical Museum
  • Dolly’s House Creek Street
  • Saxman Indian Village
  • Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage Center
  • Art and Craft Galleries and Shops
  • Southeast AK Discovery Center
  • Misty Fjords National Monument

In Ketchikan, there is a lot to do. While visiting the community, you can attend native craft and dance exhibitions. You can experience the granite cliffs and glaciers of Misty Fjords National Monument. You can visit the Metlakatla Indian Community and nearby Prince of Wales Island. You can also find the perfect souvenir at a variety of galleries and shops.

Some of the most popular activities in Ketchikan include:
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Scenic Flights
  • Boating
  • Wildlife Viewing (Ocean and Land)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Logging Shows
  • Shopping
  • Bear Tours
  • Theatre

Misty Fjords

If there is any place on this earth that is deserving of the words “magnificent”, “incredible”, “spectacular”, and “awe-inspiring”, it is the Misty Fjords National Monument. Granite cliffs, mist-shrouded hills and ridges, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, grand saltwater fjords and miles upon miles of immense glaciers are just some of the things you will see on your trip. Either by boat or by float-plane, Misty Fjords is a must-see!


Ketchikan, Alaska is a melting pot for many forms of visual and performing arts. Crafters of the highest caliber also reside here, adding to the burgeoning arts scene of Ketchikan. The people of Ketchikan are integral to the creative process, and share in each other’s designs and accomplishments. Many of the venues, exhibits and productions are home grown, and shine proudly with local flare.

Ketchikan is home to many galleries displaying a wide variety of art, including native art and handicrafts. The community hosts many arts-themed festivals and performances throughout the year.

If you want arts, Ketchikan has them. When you visit, do not miss the arts scene in this charming southeast Alaskan town.


Exploring the sea is not the only thing you will want to do while in Ketchikan. You will also want to hike the miles and miles of trails surrounding our community. The trails range in difficulty from easy to expert and traverse our landscape from seashores to mountaintops.


Vendors operating in and around downtown Ketchikan offer some wonderful tours that give an inside look into our community, the nature surrounding the city, and the rich Native American culture that is prevalent here. Tours and attractions include the following:

  • Alaska Lodge Adventure and SeaFeast
  • Floatplane Excursions
  • Kayak Tours
  • Zipline Tours
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Bus and Walking Tours of Ketchikan

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