Private Half Day Ketchikan Highlights
Meet your local, friendly and knowledgeable driver at the pier area after debarking your ship and get ready for a true taste of Alaska! Your guide will give you the very best options of the day depending on weather conditions and where crowds may be expected.
Customize your day and go to the places and do the things that most interest you. Ketchikan is known for its wildlife, totems, history, hiking trails, sightseeing, whale watching and salmon. But this just names a few of the options you have before you and you can plan your very own itinerary.
This is truly the beginning of the last frontier. Ketchikan is situated at the southernmost entrance to Alaska's famed Inside Passage - a network of waterways that wind through some of the most picturesque and beautiful wilderness in the world.
It is safe to say the local wildlife outnumber the people and here you can almost always spot bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, mountain goats, wolves and black bears. Plus, there are over 100 species of migrating birds and this is just above sea level! The waters surrounding Ketchikan are home to porpoise, river otters, seals, sea lions, Orca and humpback whales. Nature is all around so it will not be difficult to go home without seeing some of it. The nearby Misty Fiords National Monument is a glacier-carved wilderness featuring snowcapped mountains and waterfalls making for idyllic scenery.
The evidence of Native Alaskans is everywhere in Ketchikan, from a colorfully painted city bus to Chief Johnson’s Totem Pole at the center of town. Ketchikan boasts the largest number of totem poles in Alaska, a collection that is on display throughout town and includes recently carved poles and some that are more than 100 years old. The Totem Heritage Center, which offers classes in Native arts, houses a large collection of Native artifacts, including several ancient totem poles, cedar bark baskets, beaded regalia, button robes, and other beautifully hand-crafted works of art. The city buses even sport the evidence of the local artisans at work.
As far back as history has been recorded here, and no doubt even before that, Alaska’s first people harvested salmon from Ketchikan Creek in their summer fish camps. The city was later founded in 1900 and attracted a diverse population of miners, fishermen and working gals giving this outpost town a very colorful past. Feisty salmon pass through Ketchikan as well and spawn here in summer making for a frenzied atmosphere of jumping fish. Enormous runs of salmon migrate from the open ocean into these protected waters and after the construction of major salmon canneries, Ketchikan became known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” You can visit the salmon hatchery and learn everything there is to know about this colorful fish.
There truly is something for everyone in Ketchikan, offering varied ways to explore so choose this private tour option and get out there and discover for yourself!
Please Note: Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 14 guests maximum. Groups with more than 14 guests will need to book multiple vehicles. Please take this information into consideration when booking.
Reviewer: James Burton
Dominic was really knowledgeable about the History of the town but also Alaska in General. He really knows where to find the Wildlife and we got to see Black Bears and some Hump Back Whales as well. He even took some drone footage for us as well.