Ketchikan is a bustling community backed by forested hills and surrounded by waterway busy with float planes, fishing boats, ferries and cruise ships. The little town of nearly 14,000 is built right over the water in many places. It has a high amount of rainfall, on average 153 inches a year. Ketchikan also has the world’s largest collection of totem poles.
Creek street is not so much a street but a boardwalk built on pilings and was the famed red light district for half a century until 1954 when the profession became illegal. The first house with it’s bright red doors and windows is Dolly’s House, the parlor of the city’s most infamous made. Creek Street is now a collection of historic homes, restaurants, museums, galleries and shops.
The Salmon Ladder
The Salmon Ladder, this is where you can watch the salmon trying to jump up the rushing waterfall and continue upstream for spawning.
Married Mans Trail
Married Man’s Trail is a short 2 mile historic route that let the married men across Ketchikan’s former red light district on Creek Street without being seen. It’s shady, forested walk along the Ketchikan Creek. At the creek street trailhead is a viewing platform. The trail ends at Park Avenue and has nice views of the creek and the fish ladder. The dense, shaded forest is also a nice contrast from the busy downtown area.
The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
The Alaskan lumberjacks battle it out with Canadian Lumberjacks in chopping, sawing, tree climbing, axe throwing, log rolling, and much more.
Floatplane to Misty Fjords
Misty Fjords National Monument is a pristine masterpiece featuring some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery. Seventeen thousand years ago, the area was covered in ice. Massive glacier action carved out it’s present landscape of salt water fjords and 3,000 foot cliffs. One of the best ways to explore Ketchikan is on foot. Start at the busy city dock with a stop at the vistor bureau to pick up a Ketchikan walking map. Misty Fjords provides outstanding recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat, accessible by floatplane or boat from Ketchikan. The near edge of the 2.3 million acre area is only 40 miles south of Ketchikan.