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Ketchikan and Beyond
Ketchikan and Beyond
Creek Street in Ketchikan

Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Wrangell, Prince of Wales Island

Day 1 Seattle - Ketchikan

Fly to Ketchikan in the morning and land at the Ketchikan International Airport, located on Gravina Island. From there you can rent a car, transfer onto the airport shuttle or walk (providing you can handle your baggage) for the five minute ferry ride across to Ketchikan. A water taxi service is also available. Cabs and hotel shuttles may be picked up on the Ketchikan side.

Pick up a copy of the Ketchikan walking tour map and explore downtown attractions including historic Creek Street, the Tongass Historical Museum, the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Unique shops and locally owned art galleries line the streets of Ketchikan, making it a very popular shopping destination.

Round out the day by taking in one or more of Ketchikan's renowned Native Cultural facilities: the Totem Heritage Center and the Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center, Saxman Native Village or Totem Bight State Park.

Day 2 Ketchikan

Cruise or choose a cruise/fly tour to the incredible Misty Fjords National Monument. The 2.3 million acre wilderness area's glacially carved fjords climb 3,000 feet skyward from the protected waterways. Wildlife and marine mammal sightings are frequently reported.

Or choose a half-day or full day sport fishing trip to the current hot spot. Choose from salmon or halibut fishing; guided or do it yourself from shore or a rented skiff. Freshwater fishing enthusiasts should consider trying their luck lake or stream fishing. Local processors will clean, package and if you like smoke your fish before shipping it home for you.


Day 3 Ketchikan to Sitka or Juneau

Spend the morning outdoors- take part in a guided kayak outing, climb the Deer Mountain trail for a bird’s eye view of Ketchikan or explore the Ward Lake Recreation Area's trails. Board the afternoon jet for Sitka or Juneau.

Day 4

Spend the day exploring Sitka or Juneau.

Day 5

Depart via airlines or Alaska Marine Highway from Sitka or Juneau.


See the Sheldon Jackson Museum with its incredible collection of Alaska Native artifacts. The Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center offers close-up encounters with local wildlife. Just six miles from downtown at Whale Park, visitors often have the chance to see Humpback whales that frequent the area.


Visit the Alaska State Museum and the Juneau Douglas Museum to get firsthand knowledge of the history and culture of the Capital city. The Mt. Roberts Tram will take you 1800 ft. from sea level for a bird's eye view of the surrounding area. A visit to Juneau would not be complete without seeing the Mendenhall Glacier, one of 38 glaciers that flow from the 1500 sq. mile Juneau Ice field.

Day 3

Travel via ferry or jet to Wrangell, Alaska. Plan an exhilarating run up the Stikine River by jet boat or a more leisurely cruise for the day. Petroglyph Beach's fascinating collection of aboriginal rock art should not be missed, and is best seen at low tide.

Day 4

Overnight in Wrangell before returning to Ketchikan for departure via Alaska Airlines or Alaska Marine Highway ferry system.

Day 3

Travel via Inter-Island Ferry or airplane to Prince of Wales Island. Explore the island by vehicle- over 2,000 miles of road lead to recreational areas, outstanding hunting and fishing opportunities, a dozen small communities and the islands geological gem, the El Capitan Cave.

Day 4

Overnight on the island before returning to Ketchikan for departure via Alaska Airlines or Alaska Marine Highway ferry system.

The Alaska Marine Highway runs between Bellingham, Washington to Ketchikan on a regular schedule and is one full day of travel.


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