What do we call a few days in Ketchikan? A good start!

Day 1: Take a Stroll

Spend a day exploring downtown Ketchikan and historic Creek Street, the former epicenter of ill repute, where today’s visitors flock to see the annual salmon run. Step into the Tongass Historical Museum and SE Alaska Discovery Center for an all-encompassing look into the history of those who settled this area—the Native Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people who have been here for centuries, and the adventurous pioneers who built our coastal town.

Day 2: Get out of Town

Ketchikan’s main road, which stretches 30 miles from the epicenter of downtown, is a beautiful drive with lots of things to see and do along the way: Visit one of our totem parks. Take a hike around Ward Lake. Beach comb or picnic at one of our many beaches or state parks. Tour a former salmon cannery and look back at the industry that put Ketchikan on the map in the early 1900s as the “Salmon Capital of the World.”

Day 3: Take to the Sea or Sky

If you are into awe-inspiring vistas, taking a cruise or flightseeing tour to Misty Fjords National Monument is simply non-negotiable. The beauty is unfathomable and cannot be overstated. Whether you explore by land or air, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, birds and marine animals. (Bear viewing is best once the salmon start running in mid-July.)