Engaging outing to learn firsthand about indigenous people
Totem poles & carving demonstration at Saxman Native Village
Chance to see wildlife like bears & eagles near Herring Bay
Entertaining tales about seedy past surrounding Creek Street
Opportunity to see Black Bears & Bald Eagles
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Ketchikan and Saxman Totem Village
Roundtrip transportation to and from downtown cruise ship docks in Ketchikan
Live tour commentary provided in English
What you can expect
Uncover a slice of the Inside Passage on this guided excursion around Ketchikan. Explore the ancient traditions of indigenous people at the Saxman Native Village, learn about the seedy history of a former bootlegger neighborhood, and look for iconic Alaskan wildlife including black bears.
Join your guide in downtown Ketchikan, where you can hop aboard a comfortable bus just outside the visitor information building. Cruise south along the forest-fringed waters of the Tongass Narrows to reach the totem poles and preserved clan house of the Saxman Native Village. Watch wood carvers create ornate designs on new totem poles, snap photos of existing pieces, and look for unique souvenirs among the hand-crafted goods in the village store.
Back on the bus, make a loop around Herring Bay to look for salmon-seeking black bears and nesting bald eagles, returning to Ketchikan with plenty of time to take a walk down the waterfront shops and restaurants of Creek Street. Learn how this charming collection of clapboard buildings was once filled with bootleggers and brothels, and take time to stop in at the galleries and cafes that have taken their place before you head back to downtown and part ways with your guide.