Ketchikan Alaska Land, Sea and Sky AdventuresWhile fishing is by far the most popular sport in Ketchikan, there are a lot of other activities for people to take part in. Here are some land, sea and sky excursions for adventurers. One of the best ways to see the area and enjoy the scenery is simply to take a walk through the historical downtown and Creek Street area.
A landscape slowly crafted by nature over tens of thousands of years and by forces so great that only nature could create such handiwork. Once buried under a solid layer of thick glacial ice, the Misty Fjords National Monument is now home to some of the most dramatic scenery in Alaska. Sheer granite cliffs, plunging 1,000-foot waterfalls, river valleys, and crystalline lakes, low-hanging mists surrounded by untouched forests are sights waiting to be seen.
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Hummer ToursFill your senses with excitement and adventure as you cruise in a four-wheel-drive Hummer and wend your way through a lush rain forest.
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Five varieties of North Pacific salmon thrive in the cold waters off Ketchikan. Experienced guides will take you out fishing in a well-equipped fishing boat and, if you'd like, they can even arrange to have your catch sent home for you.
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Saxman Native Totem Village
Experience the living culture of modern day Southeast Alaskan Natives and view Saxman Totem Park, boasting the world's largest collection of authentic totem poles. For generations it has been tradition in Tlingit villages to welcome guests with elaborate ceremonies. At Saxman Village, visitors experience the same time honored welcome of years gone by. See totem carvers working in the Village Carving Center. Witness young performers demonstrating dances and telling tribal stories during your exclusive visit to the Beaver Clan House. Listen as your tour hosts share their history, art and ancestors' way of life, and help unravel the mysteries that lie beneath the towering, majestic totem poles that stand as sentries over the present generation. After your visit, your driver points out historic Creek Street and the downtown area en route back to the ship.
Neets Bay Bear Watch ExpeditionJoin a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife expedition that is only available to a limited number of visitors to minimize impact on the wildlife population and to protect the fragile environment. Depart via floatplane to Neets Bay, home to one of Southeast Alaska's salmon hatchery operations and one of the bear-viewing locations in Alaska. A 0.25-mile hike over a wilderness road leads you to the viewing area where black bears congregate and may be seen fishing for their next meal. Along the way and during your viewing a naturalist guide will describe the habits of the bear and the lifecycle of their favorite meal, the salmon, and explain the important work done at the hatchery to protect Alaska's wild salmon population. The secure and covered viewing area allows for up close observation of the bears in their natural habitat among the Tongass National Forest wilderness. Other wildlife possibilities include eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, marten and seals.
Back Country Jet Boat AdventureThis tour offers you a first hand look at wilderness scenery, wildlife and rural coastal living as you cruise the island studded waterways of Clover Pass and Naha Bay. After a narrated motorcoach trip to Salmon Falls Resort, board a high-speed 48 passenger enclosed jet boat. Pass an ancient Native burial island, see occasional wilderness homes of Alaskans who prefer the pioneer lifestyle, and view the historical remnants of the quaint waterfront village of Loring. View an active eagle nest and watch for porpoise, whales, deer and bears along the way. Entering the salt chuck in Naha Bay, see fast flowing rapids formed by fresh water flowing from Roosevelt Lagoon and Naha River. Harbor seals frequent this seafood rich habitat. Cruise the jellyfish breeding waters of Long Arm, where some of these creatures may be brought aboard.
Whiskey Cove KayakingJoin your kayak guide for an adventure on Ketchikan's unique waterfront. Starting from the dock, your guide will provide basic kayaking and paddling techniques and you'll be outfitted with the gear necessary for kayaking. Once comfortable, you'll paddle in a 2-person kayak along Ketchikan's colorful waterfront. Weather permitting, explore the shoreline along Pennock Island where the few inhabitants include hardy residents who must boat to work every day and majestic nesting Bald Eagles. Your guide will share the lore of Whiskey Cove, a secret hiding place for rumrunners during prohibition. View the fishing and pleasure boat fleet of this waterfront community from a unique perspective. During high tides you may paddle up Creek Street, the fabled red light district. This stream is thick with salmon during spawning season.
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