Things to Do




A group explores the coastline in Kayaks

Things To Do

Places to Go, Loads to See

The beautiful community of Ketchikan is situated along the shores of Alaska's Inside Passage within the heart of the sixteen million acre Tongass National Forest. Evergreen mountains rise out of the water, the lush green landscape nurtured by the abundant rainfall of our temperate rainforest environment. The community is comprised of three islands, Revillagigedo, Gravina and Pennock and transportation between them requires a boat or ferry ride across the Tongass Narrows.

Ketchikan is 90 minutes by air from Seattle and 36 hours by sea. The second largest cruise port in the state, we’re a popular destination for independent minded travelers too, due to superb fishing, outdoor recreation, thriving Native culture and amazing scenery. The bounty of Wild Alaska seafood offerings at local dining establishments is yet another delicious reason to visit.

Home to 13,700 year around residents, Ketchikan is a vibrant, hard working community. One of "America's Top 100 small arts communities" Ketchikan’s impressive variety of shops and galleries feature work by many of the island’s resident artists and an assortment of souvenir items and unique gifts that make shopping in our community a must do for any traveler.

This close knit community of 13,700 offers visitors a remarkable array of activities and attractions that highlight the town's history, industry and culture, bring you up close to our resident wildlife or transport you into the midst of wilderness.

Our website has plenty of information to help you plan your trip. A comprehensive listing of visitor services by category can be found in our Travelers Directory, while our visitor information centers provide a variety of information and services, including tour bookings during your trip.

Whether your plans include a one day visit while in port, a few days to explore or an extended stay, Ketchikan’s multifaceted personality is why our lifestyle is your reward!