Ketchikan, Alaska offers visitor's access to lush rainforests, wildlife sanctuaries, national monuments, adventure, and more. With a wide variety of tours to choose from, we've selected our favorite 5 tours to help you make some decisions about how you'd like to spend your day in Ketchikan!
1. Misty Fjords Flightseeing via Floatplane - 2 hours, 9 per person
Discover the magnificent Misty Fjords National Monument and view some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska from the comfort of your window seat. Marvel at sheer walls of granite plunging over 3,000 feet into the fjords, lush forests of spruce, hemlock and cedar clinging to snowcapped peaks, in this land of incredible natural beauty and rugged grandeur. A highlight of your tour will be an exhilarating landing on an alpine lake or remote fjord to enjoy the fresh mountain air, eagle calls, and breathtaking scenery!
2. Rainforest Wildlife Center and Eagle Sanctuary - 2.75 hours, per adult
If you like nature, you will love this tour! A delightful eight-mile coastal drive takes you to the exclusive Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. You will be greeted by your naturalist and guided through the heart of the dense forest to a protected open estuary, where you follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. At the conclusion of the half-mile hike, you will have an opportunity to visit the Alaska Wildlife Foundation, where you can feed their Alaskan reindeer and see raptors up close!
3. Saxman Totem Village & Lumberjack Show - 2.5 hours, per person
Start your adventure with a guided walk and trolley tour through historic Creek Street on your way to the Saxman Native Village, where you'll learn the culture of southeast Alaskan Natives, including the story behind their majestic totem poles. Then see a true Alaska adventure come to life as you enjoy the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, an action-packed lumberjack competition. From axe throwing to log rolling and everything in between, this spirited event is set to be fun for the whole group!
4. Rainforest Canopy Zipline - 3.5 hours, 9 per adult
Enter the Eagle Creek fly-zone! Your rainforest canopy challenge features eight ziplines and three suspension bridges; 6,000 feet of high tension cables and ground-based nature trails. Your guides will progressively ease you into the forest canopy along cables ranging from a short 100 feet to the 850 foot pulse pounding "Ben's Revenge". Guests often see eagles and bears from the tree platforms at 135 feet above the forest floor. Discover Eagle Creek Falls, and cross three hanging sky bridges; all offering breathtaking views of the wildlife-filled virgin forest below.
5. Lighthouse, Totems, & Eagles Excursion - 3 hours, per adult
En route to your vessel you’ll enjoy a short, narrated tour through Ketchikan. Then you’ll relax in the heated main cabin or the open-air observation deck as we embark to explore the timber & fishing industries, totem poles, native cultures, an authentic floating lumberjack camp, maritime history, ten eagles nests, and other wildlife which may include: Humpback and Orca whales, sea lions, deer, bear, salmon and wolves.