Ketchikan is a city in Alaska, USA which offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Day trips to Misty Fiords National Monument
- Totem heritage center
- Day trips to see wild black bears feeding on salmon
- Tongass national forest
- Creek street, salmon ladder and the Dolly’s house museum
- Married mans trail (and view of the city)
- Bald eagle statue and the Ketchikan sign
Upon arrival into the small city of Ketchikan you’ll come across the bald eagle statue and the Ketchikan city sign. These are popular landmarks to get your photo taken with as evidence you have been to Ketchikan. You can also find the worlds largest collection of totem poles in the downtown area.
Ketchikan is famous for Creek street. On this street you’ll find lots of shops and in the creek you’ll see Salmon. You shouldn’t miss the Dollys house museum, married mans trail or the salmon ladder. You won’t see any bears at Creek street, if you want to see bears you’ll have to take a tour. There are many kiosks in Ketchikan selling tours with guaranteed bear viewings. You can also book tours online but I’d recommend comparing the prices at the kiosks first. The kiosks are competitive and the prices are negotiable.
The most famous bar in town is the Arctic bar and liquor store. The Arctic bar is the oldest bar in Ketchikan dating back to 1937. This is the only bar in the world that’s been lost at sea and then recovered. During flooding in 1956 the bar was actually swept away with a tenant still inside, the tenant survived and the bar did too. If you are into bar logos then you’ll find the Arctic bar logo very interesting, if you like it you can take home a piece of the Arctic bar merchandise.
Dolly’s house used to be the red light district of Ketchikan from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. In this period Ketchikan was prosperous and full of fisherman and miners. Those single men needed some female companionship and Dolly’s house served that purpose. Nowadays it’s a museum and you can see how it used to be back in the day.
From Ketchikan I returned to the Princess cruise ship. The next destination is Juneau, the capital of Alaska and home to the Mendenhall glacier. This was an overnight journey whilst enjoying shows and eating at lots of buffets.