Unexpected Ketchikan, Alaska

Snorkel Alaska in Mountain Point, Ketchikan Alaska. Photo by Alabastro Photography.
Thomas Basin, Ketchikan Alaska. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Travel savvy Pacific Northwesterners know that Alaska is a destination easily within reach, and at an easy 90-minute flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Ketchikan is closest of all. The “Salmon Capital of the World,” Ketchikan is a top destination for fishing, boat tours, outdoor adventure and native culture. But did you know, Ketchikan is so much more than that? Ketchikan is truly beyond expectation with these other adventures:  

Bonfire Bay Tours, Hump Island Oyster Company. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Go snorkeling: Instead of viewing the ocean from above, you can immerse yourself into the pristine world that lies beneath. With shallow tide pools teeming with marine life and steep underwater rock walls for freediving, Ketchikan offers a premier snorkeling experience, a truly unique and intimate way to view our coastal waters. 

Tour a working Oyster Farm: The world is your oyster in Ketchikan and this tour is one our favorite unexpected things to do here. A cruise through the beautiful Tongass waterways takes you to a working oyster and kelp farm where you can learn the ins and outs of this unique operation and then sample fresh-out-of-the-water-oysters. 

Join a Pub crawl: Ketchikan has fantastic local color and if you really want to learn about the town, drink with the locals! Get off the beaten path and really into the culture of Alaska’s First City with a guided Pub Crawl. You’ll learn about days gone by and the colorful history of Ketchikan’s most popular hot spots while meeting some of the city’s most interesting residents. 

Cook your catch: What can make your Ketchikan fishing adventure more authentic? A cook-your-catch excursion. After a day of fishing with a professional guide service, have world-class chefs expertly prepare your catch into a delicious truly Alaskan meal. 

Allen Marine Tours Wildlife Safari & Beach Bonfire on Annette Island. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

Safari and Bonfire: Ketchikan’s rugged coastlines and pristine water make for perfect beach bonfire experiences. Take a small, intimate boat tour to a remote beach with Alaska Native camp hosts where you’ll learn intertidal harvesting techniques and then enjoy Alaskan cuisine alongside a crackling beach bonfire for a truly authentic local experience. 

Photo Safari: Photographers of all skill levels will be inspired in Ketchikan and what better way to ensure you get those iconic photos than a tour with an award-winning local photographer. You’ll discover the off-the-beaten path spots with the best views and wildlife and get tips and tricks from a knowledgeable pro. 

Start planning now and make 2023 your year for Alaska. Visit Ketchikan! 



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