At the southern tip of the Inside Passage
, Ketchikan's charm is scenically backed by forested hills and overlooks Tongas Narrows, a waterway that constantly hums with fishing boats, ferries and floatplanes. Primely situated as a transportation hub for Southern Alaska
, this port city, dubbed "First City", is a great initial introduction to the acclaim of Alaska.
Explore the colorful streets and discover the history of maritime exploration, fishing, logging and mining that is evidently woven into this rainy seascape. The wealth of the Tlingit and Haida cultures are featured through an impressive collection of totem poles from the 19th century.
For those hoping to reel in a big catch, Ketchikan's fame as a major salmon fishery offers one of the best opportunities along the Southeast coast. The resident salmon is also a big draw for the stately American Bald Eagles, deeming Ketchikan as "the eagle capital of America".
Like most of South-East Alaska, Ketchikan is best visited as part of an Alaskan Cruise
. However, for a complete Alaska experience, you may consider adding a pre- or post-trip to visit South-Central
and Denali National Park
to your vacation itinerary. Home to North America’s tallest peak, Alaska’s iconic wildlife, and over 6 million acres of wilderness, it is truly a destination not to miss.
When you book your Alaska vacation with us, you'll love the flexibility we offer. The Alaska Collection offers fully-independent vacation packages
, allowing our team of travel experts to help design a customized trip down to the very last detail. Browse our vacation packages below, and when you are ready, contact one of our travel experts
to help make it perfect for you!