Ketchikan, AK

Travel Guide
Ketchikan showing general coastal views and boating

See the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles and enjoy some of the best sport fishing in the world in this southeastern Alaskan city.

Ketchikan is an important traditional and cultural center in Alaska. Enjoy theater and dance performances year-round. Shop for authentic Alaskan native art, including masks, hand-painted drums and totem carvings.

Some of the oldest totem poles in existence are still standing in Ketchikan. Visit the nation’s largest national forest, covering most of southeastern Alaska. Tour the Tongass Historical Museum, a center that focuses on the cultural history of Ketchikan and its neighboring national forest.

Enter the Tongass National Forest and see bears, eagles and spawning salmon. Hike boardwalk trails and experience Alaska’s scenic beauty. Take a sled dog ride across a glacier. The Tongass National Forest is a vast natural area with numerous recreational activities, including fishing, camping and wildlife viewing.

See preserved 19th-century totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center. Many of these poles were retrieved from unoccupied Haida and Tlingit village sites near Ketchikan. View a mortuary pole, used to honor the dead and store cremated remains.

Visit the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness. See snowcapped mountains and towering cliffs from a boat tour. This area is known for its beautiful glacial valleys and magnificent waterfalls. Charter a floatplane for an aerial view.

Catch a king silver salmon on a sports fishing charter. Ketchikan offers some of the best fishing in Alaska, with huge runs of migrating salmon from the open ocean into the protected waters. Book a sport fishing charter or rent a skiff and challenge a prized king salmon.

Reach Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island by air or sea. Many of the lower states are connected to Ketchikan via ferry services. Alternatively, fly to Ketchikan in about 2 hours from Seattle. Take a short ferry ride into town from the Ketchikan International Airport on Gravina Island. Find plenty of choices for accommodations from the available resorts, hotels, lodges and campgrounds.

Try some of the local seafood in Ketchikan, served straight from the icy Pacific Ocean waters.

The Inn at Creek Street
The Inn at Creek Street
2.5 out of 5
133 Stedman Street, Ketchikan, AK, 99901
The price is $136 per night from May 27 to May 28
Stay at this hotel in Ketchikan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (132 reviews)
"Wonderful ambiance…100 year old building furnished with beautiful antiques.Very well kept! Super clean and inviting! Friendly helpful staff! Free shuttle to ferry’s. Will always stay here when in Ketchikan!"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

The Inn at Creek Street
The Landing Hotel & Restaurant
The Landing Hotel & Restaurant
3 out of 5
3434 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan, AK, 99901
The price is $170 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Ketchikan. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (235 reviews)
"Excellent staff, shuttle which we used a lot, and perfect cost for middle class people like myself!"

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

The Landing Hotel & Restaurant
Gilmore Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Gilmore Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
2.5 out of 5
326 Front St, Ketchikan, AK, 99901
The price is $169 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Ketchikan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff ...
3.5/5 Good! (473 reviews)
"Historic hotel located in the heart of Ketchikan. I’ve stayed here a few times. Service and accommodations are decent, but consistent."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Gilmore Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Cottage On The Water
Cottage On The Water
Ketchikan, AK
The price is $195 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this cottage in Ketchikan. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary and Saxman Totem Park ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Bdrm was a bit cold same with bathroom
"Nice place. Grandson had to sleep in the floor . Thank you 😊"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

Cottage On The Water
Don't book a place, book an Alaskan Adventure on an 85 foot Super Yacht
Don't book a place, book an Alaskan Adventure on an 85 foot Super Yacht
Ketchikan, AK
Stay at this houseboat in Ketchikan. Enjoy WiFi, concierge services, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Port of Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska Discovery ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Lady Faye stole our hearts!
"Everyone associated with Lady Faye are amazing folks. The vessel was perfectly attired and the support team was impeccable. Living quarters were fresh and well cared for. The experience was worthy of 10 stars."

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2021

Don't book a place, book an Alaskan Adventure on an 85 foot Super Yacht
Angler's Dream. Waterfront Home. Rental Boat. Sleeps 11. Private Dock. Hot tub.
Angler's Dream. Waterfront Home. Rental Boat. Sleeps 11. Private Dock. Hot tub.
Ketchikan, AK
Stay at this beach vacation home in Ketchikan. Enjoy a beach locale, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the bar and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
An amazing Alaskan getaway
"I don't think I can say enough good things about the property and manager Kim. I think every person in our group said it was the coolest trip we have ever been on. She helped out so much as the host and taught us a lot about Southeast Alaska. The home is everything you could ever want in vacation ..."

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Angler's Dream. Waterfront Home. Rental Boat. Sleeps 11. Private Dock. Hot tub.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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