Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Ketchikan

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

Three large totems greet you in the lobby of the center while a school of silver salmon, suspended from the ceiling, leads you toward a slice of nicely recreated rainforest. Upstairs, the exhibit hall features secti…
Historic Site in Ketchikan

Saxman Native Village & Totem Park

On South Tongass Hwy, 2.5 miles south of Ketchikan, is this incorporated Tlingit village of 475 residents. It's best known for Saxman Totem Park, which holds 24 totem poles from abandoned villages around the Southea…
Museum in Ketchikan

Totem Heritage Center

A 15-minute walk east from the cruise-ship docks is Totem Heritage Center, where totem poles brought from deserted Tlingit and Haida communities are kept to prevent further deterioration. Inside the center, 17 totem…
Viewpoint in Ketchikan

Stairways & Boardwalks

All over Ketchikan there are stairways leading somewhere higher; the reward for your exertion is great views from the top. Heading back west along Dock St is Edmond St, also called the Street of Stairs for obvious r…
Museum in Ketchikan

Dolly's House

Departing from Stedman St is Creek St, a boardwalk built over Ketchikan Creek on pilings – a photographer’s delight. This was Ketchikan’s famed red-light district until prostitution became illegal in 1954. During Cr…
Harbor in Ketchikan

Thomas Basin

If you thought Creek St was photogenic, cross Stedman St and be ready to burn some megapixels. Thomas Basin is home to Ketchikan’s fishing fleet and the city’s most picturesque harbor. When the boats come in, you ca…
Historic Site in Ketchikan

Totem Bight State Park

Ten miles north of downtown Ketchikan is this seaside park that contains 14 restored totem poles, a colorful community house and viewing deck overlooking Tongass Narrows. Next door to the state park is the equally i…
Museum in Ketchikan

Tongass Historical Museum

The Tongass Historical Museum houses a collection of local historical and Alaska Native artifacts, many dealing with Ketchikan’s fishing industry. More interesting is the impressive Raven Stealing the Sun totem just…
Historic Site in Ketchikan

Potlatch Park

Home to a dozen totems, one of which is 42ft high, five beautiful tribal houses and an on-site carver who is usually working on a totem in the carving shed. Best of all, the only charge to experience both parks is $…