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  • Ketchikan: Totem Pole, Wildlife & City Trolley Tour

    1. Ketchikan: Totem Pole, Wildlife & City Trolley Tour

    Relax aboard a San Francisco cable car trolley and take in the sights and sounds of this bustling fishing and logging community, once known as the salmon capital of the world. On this 2.25-hour tour, explore the native village of Saxman with its 29 authentic hand-carved totem poles, a master carving center, and village store. Watch master crafters at work and learn the history and traditions behind this practice. Next, head south to Herring Cove for wildlife viewing. In the summer during salmon spawning season, hungry bears, bald eagles, blue herring, and harbor seals can often be spotted in this beautiful riverside cove. On the way back to town, see Fish Ladder and City Park before ending the tour at either historic Creek Street or the downtown dock minutes from the cruise ship pier.  

  • Private Van-2.5 hour Saxman Native Village, City & Wildlife

    2. Private Van-2.5 hour Saxman Native Village, City & Wildlife

    One of the most popular sites in Ketchikan is the Saxman Native Village Totem Park. Here, you will find the world's largest collection of Totem Poles. Some of the poles were moved here from the old Cape Fox Lodge and are over 100 years old. Browse the park and learn the stories and history of these grand historic works of Native Art. Learn about the traditional tools, paints, and techniques for making Totem Poles as you watch carvers perform their craft at the Carving Shed. A visit to Saxman is a must when visiting Ketchikan. The next part of your journey continues on a scenic 9-mile coastal drive to beautiful Herring Bay, a quaint area far from the crowds and hustle and bustle of downtown. Slow down and take in the sites and sounds of the beautiful wildlife viewing area. During salmon season, black bears, eagles, herons, harbor, and fur seals are often spotted in this area. View the sa...

  • Ketchikan: Potlatch Park, City and Wildlife Private Van Tour

    3. Ketchikan: Potlatch Park, City and Wildlife Private Van Tour

    You will meet your private guide at the cruise ship dock to begin your private excursion. From here you can sit back and relax in a new 15-passenger Ford Transit van, complete with captain chairs. You can enjoy the beautiful 10-mile coastal drive north to Potlatch Park. Once there you will discover a wonderful collection of historical exhibits and totem poles, which showcase the work of the native tribes. Your guide will narrate the stories and legends of the totems, and you'll get to experience what an 1800's native fishing village would have been like. Next, check out the carving shed, where master carvers created new poles, antique rifles, and vintage cars, at the nearby museums. On the way back towards town you will observe canneries, ruminants of a floating logging camp, and boat harbors. Once at Herring Cove, your guide will lead you to wildlife viewing areas, where black bears, ...

  • Ketchikan: Self-Guided Audio Tour

    4. Ketchikan: Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Submerge yourself into Ketchikan, the Salmon Capital of the World. Located far south in Alaska, Ketchikan is a beautiful area surrounded by the Tongass Narrows and Deer Mountain in the background. On this audio tour, you will learn about the history and legends of the local aboriginal tribes at the Totem Heritage Centre and Stedman Thomas Historic District. You will also see the Chief Kyan Totem Museum, the Tongass Historical Museum, learn about the Legend of Raven Stealing the Sun, see the Ketchikan Creek with Salmon Ladder, the Thomas Basin Harbour, Dolly's House with the Red Light District, and learn about the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. Benefit from a self-guided tour and explore this amazing city at your own pace, without being hurried along.

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