Cultural Ketchikan

This Alaska port is a cruiser’s gateway to Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribal discovery

Take the tram from Creek Street up to Cape Fox Lodge for one of the best views of Ketchikan, Alaska.
Only accessible by air or water, Ketchikan, Alaska, is a popular first or last stop on many cruises. The main attractions in the town are world-class sportfishing and cultural discovery of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes.

Explore the Local Culture
Ketchikan is a great town to explore on your own, as it’s not big enough to get lost in. Cruisers can pick up a walking tour map at the visitors center on the dock to see many of the town’s sights over a two-mile walk. To learn about the local tribes, visit Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight State Historical Park, and the Totem Heritage Center. Other noteworthy sights include Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center and Tongass Historical Museum.

Wildlife and Nature
Orca whales and seal colonies can often be spotted on tours in Tongass Narrows. Bears are also prevalent along streams where salmon go to spawn. A flightseeing daytrip over Misty Fjords National Monument is a great way to see whales, bald eagles, bears, and sea lions.

Grabbing a Bite
King crab, salmon, and halibut are the specialties in town, and not to be missed. Thanks to hearty chowders, fresh crab, and sourdough pancakes, Annabelle’s Restaurant is a favorite among the locals. Fresh seafood and beautiful views of Tongass Narrows are on order at Heen Kahidi, while Salmon Falls Resort serves delicious halibut and salmon in a gorgeous setting.

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