Ketchikan to Juneau

Ketchikan to Juneau

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
Bald Eagle Statue, Ketchikan, Alaska

Bald Eagle Statue, Ketchikan, Alaska

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.

Creek Street, Ketchikan

Creek Street, Ketchikan

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 man’s 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.

Arctic Bar, Ketchikan

Arctic Bar, Ketchikan

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.

Dollys House, Ketchikan, Alaska

Dolly’s House Museum, Ketchikan, Alaska

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.

Princess Cruise from Ketchikan to Juneau

Princess Cruise from Ketchikan to Juneau

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.

Juneau to Skagway

2017-03-13T13:20:02+00:00January 20th, 2017|North America, USA|13 Comments


  1. Natalie February 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I laughed when I read that now the brothel was a museum and you can ‘see how it used to be back in the day’. LOL! I’m sure it is a G rated. 🙂 I’ve not been to Alaska and the whole family wants to visit. This town looks like it needs to be on our itinerary.

  2. Christine K February 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Ketchikan is on my list so enjoyed your fun overview of the town. I would definitely stop by that bar and now I am curious so I have to look up the logo. And a great story about how it was lost at sea and recovered. That’s a reason to go there for sure.

  3. neha February 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I have not heard about Ketchikan. Although looks like the city provides a lot of interesting day trips. I like these kind of places where you have option to do day trips in and around.

  4. Ivana February 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Alaska is my dream destination. I haven’t read about Ketchikan yet. Creek street looks beautiful! Those colorful houses, woods nearby,and salmon.. just perfect.

  5. Mel I TravelingMel February 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    What an interesting story about the Arctic Bar. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be swept out to sea in a building! Crazy! I think I would want to see the bear, but the totem poles would top my list, too. Actually everything you listed sounds pretty amazing.

  6. Kallsy February 8, 2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I would love to visit Alaska someday soon and a cruise sounds like a way to do it! Interesting tidbit about Dolly’s.

  7. Anthony Jury February 8, 2017 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    So far, oh so very far from my home in Western Australia. Maybe one day.

  8. Sonia February 9, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    The arctic bar seems epic … I would love to have a drink here! I would love to visit Alaska someday… it’s so far away from India. I would love to add the bear tour to my initerary.

  9. Global Girl Travels February 9, 2017 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Cruising in this side of the world looks like such a great experience. You can discover and explore spots like this of which you’d never really hear much of on travel guides to Alaska. It’s interesting how they converted that brothel into a museum – it looks like the place has much history on its own.

  10. Allison February 12, 2017 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Yes Yea Yes to buffets on cruise ships lol. How cool would that have been to be in bar that was swept away by flood. Glad to see both the bar and the patron came out unscathed.

  11. Midori February 13, 2017 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    OMG! You never stop, right! sooo jealous! Alaska is like a dream destiantion! I hope you shre more posts about this country!

  12. Teresa Sardinas April 12, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    I would love to go and see the bears catching the salmons. How can I go in this excursion? Is it by land or sea? We are going in the Princess Cruise.

    • James Smith April 13, 2017 at 1:37 am - Reply

      I went with Princess as well. You can book the excursion with Princess on board or organize it when you get to Ketchikan when you arrive which is a little cheaper. I noticed some people had already booked online way before taking the cruise, this must be the cheapest method of booking a tour in Ketchikan.

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