All Around Ketchikan
Traveling to Ketchikan
If you are a cruise ship passenger, your ship will bring you to the dock in Ketchikan. You will find numerous cabs available for the scenic 20 minute ride to Knudson Cove Marina north of town. We can discuss specific details regarding getting to the marina while making your booking.
If you are flying to Ketchikan, air service is provided by Alaska Airlines. Ketchikan is a short trip from Seattle, with several flights daily. Upon your arrival at the Ketchikan airport you will collect your baggage and take a walk-on passenger/auto ferry from the airport to Ketchikan proper. Approximate cost for the ferry is $5.00 per person.
You can also to get to Ketchikan by Ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway. It's the same route the cruise ships take, just a much smaller vessel.
Rental cars are available - First City Car Rental - (907) 225-7368 or www.firstcitycarrental.com
There are numerous lodging options in and around town. Here are some links and contact info for a few:
Knudson Cove Marina - (800) 528-2486 or www.knudsoncovemarina.com
Almost Home Vacation Rentals - (800) 987-5337 or www.ketchikan-lodging.com
Alaska Travelers Accommodations - (907) 247-7117 or www.alaskatravelers.com
More Fun in Ketchikan
There is more to enjoy in Ketchikan than the amazing fishing! Here are some links to my favorite shops or activities during your stay in The First City of Alaska.
Historic Creek Street in Downtown Ketchikan holds a lot of history and some great shops. One that should not be missed is Soho Coho which carries all of the fun, fishy artwork of local artist Ray Troll along with the work of several other artists.
Just west of Creek Street on Mission Street you will find Crazy Wolf Studios which features the art of Ken Decker, who is a Tsimshian artist born and raised in Ketchikan, and other authentic Northwest Coast design Native Art.
There are two Totem Pole Parks in Ketchikan. One is North of town and the other is South of town. North is the Totem Bight State Historical Park featuring 14 poles and a clan house. It's a very pleasant and easy walk that can be self-guided. South you will find Saxman Native Village. This park has 21 poles and a clan house. There is a tour that includes Native dancing or you can do a self-guided tour for a $5.00 entry to the park.
If you just want to walk the the serene beauty of the rain forest then Settlers Cove State Recreation Site, which is at the farthest accessible point north of town is your answer to a slice of paradise with easy accessibility on stunning trails.
Perhaps you prefer a guided walk through the rain forest. Check out the Rainforest Sanctuary south of town.
For the thrill seeker, a zip line tour awaits at Alaska Canopy Adventures. Located in the same starting point as the guided Rain Forest Sanctuary, this is an exhilarating adventure above the rain forest with views of the The Narrows. I can't personally recommend this tour, but my wife has gone 10 times!