Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Modern American in Ketchikan

Bar Harbor Restaurant

A small cozy place between downtown and the ferry terminal with an intriguingly eclectic menu that is constantly changing. Yeah, they serve seafood here, but there are also a lot of things on the menu that didn’t st…
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…
Arts & Crafts in Ketchikan

Soho Coho

The home gallery of Ketchikan’s most noted artist, Ray Troll, whose salmon- and fish-inspired work is seen all around town, including on the sides of buses.
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…
Bar in Ketchikan

Arctic Bar

Just past the tunnel on downtown’s northwest side, this local favorite has managed to survive 70 years by poking fun at itself and tourists. On the back deck overlooking the Narrows is a pair of fornicating bears. A…
Breakfast in Ketchikan

New York Cafe

The owners of Bar Harbor Restaurant have turned the café at the New York Hotel into one of the best places for breakfast or lunch. Practically everything on the lunch menu is seafood related. Let's face it - if you'…
Asian in Ketchikan

Diaz Café

Located on the south side of Ketchikan Creek, this longtime cafe dates back to the 1920s, when Filipinos and Japanese weren’t allowed to live north of the creek. Today the eatery is a favorite among locals looking f…