Ketchikan sprawls along the Coast of Revillagigedo Island for several miles, is not only picturesque but completely fascinating. Ketchikan is centered on one road, Tongass Avenue. The heart of downtown is Creek Street, a pedestrian thoroughfare consisting of wooden boardwalks. Many businesses and homes are suspended above the water or cling to the hillside and have winding staircases or wooden streets leading to their front doors. It has a bustling community backed by forested hills and surrounded by a waterway that hums with floatplanes, fishing boats, ferries, and large cruise ships. To the south is the distinctively shaped Deer Mountain. The starting point for most Inside Passage cruises, Ketchikan is known as the ‘salmon capital of the world’. Ketchikan is also accessible by local ferries and by air. The Ketchikan airport is located on Gravina Island.
Ketchikan Totem poles – The Totem Heritage Centre’s collection of 19th-century totem poles, rescued from abandoned native villages are listed on the National Historic Register. Up until the center was established in 1976 these cultural treasures would have been lost to natural deterioration. Today the poles are protected and provide present-day native artisans a chance to study the traditional art forms of the Northwest Coast native tribes.
The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show – It is here that Alaska’s rich logging history comes to life daily with thrilling displays of agility, energy, and power. Witness some of the world’s best athletes competing in head-to-head competitions. Shows include chopping, sawing, logrolling, speed climbing, and much more. The show is held from May-September at regular intervals.
Misty Fjords – Misty fjords was created by massive glacier action in the ice-rimmed wilderness. Its 2.3 million acres include soaring cliffs, saw-tooth ridges shrouded in mists, sky-blue lakes, hanging valleys, countless waterfalls, bottomless saltwater fjords, and miles of glaciers. Misty Fjords’ roadless location is accessed only by floatplane or boat from Ketchikan. Cruise one way or fly one way or choose a cruise/fly combination. On a cruise, you also get to see native rock art along the walls within the monument and see the New Eddystone Rock, a picturesque volcanic core while the floatplane gives you a bird’s-eye view of the surroundings and lands on a lake to allow passengers to take in the beauty of this place.