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Attractions in Ketchikan, Alaska

Activities, Events & Things to Do

Located at the southern gateway of the beautiful Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Alaska is known for its scenic waterways, abundant salmon population and vibrant Native Alaskan culture.

For starters, Ketchikan is known as “The Salmon Capital of the World,” which means you can enjoy some of the freshest, tastiest seafood to be found anywhere on the planet. When it comes to outdoor adventures, from hiking and camping to boating and wildlife photography, our convenience to Misty Fjords National Monument and the Tongass National Forest makes us an outdoorsmen’s paradise. If you would like to soak up Ketchikan’s rich culture and heritage, you’ll find everything from museums and totem parks showcasing the works of Native Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian artists to more contemporary visual and performing arts exhibits.

When planning what to do during your stay at The Landing Hotel, our staff will be happy to recommend fun things to do to ensure an unforgettable stay in Ketchikan, Alaska.  

Great Alaskan Lumber Jack Show

At the Great Alaskan Lumber Jack Show athletes show off skills used by those who work in the woods.  Take a seat in the covered heated grand stands and see Authentic Alaskan history at work with chopping, sawing, log rolling music & more

Creek Street

At Ketchikan Creek, you’ll find a former “house of ill repute” that takes you back to the Creek’s days as a red light district where the “ladies of negotiable affection” entertained the miners, fishermen, hand loggers, and other frisky frontiersmen.

United States Coast Guard Ketchikan Station

Ketchikan Alaska is a coastal community and the USCG Ketchikan Station is key to our Search and Rescue. Operations permitting, Station Ketchikan is open daily for tours, classes and specialty groups; please contact them for details

Totem Heritage Center

The Totem Heritage Center houses 33 poles. Photos of the old village and native artifacts such as baskets, masks, and regalia give additional insight into the artistry and cultural heritage of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

At the Discovery Center you can explore the unique natural and cultural history of the Tongass National Forest.  Stroll through a rainforest, visit a re-created native fishing village or learn about how the Tongass sustains our community today. 

Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords is a national monument and wilderness area administered by the US Forest Service as part of the Tongass National Forest.  Misty Fiords is about 40 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska, a location that you must either boat or fly into.  

Totem Bight State Park

Totem Bight State Park features a Long House and an impressive collection of totem poles with interpretive materials lining a trail path that opens up to an extraordinary ocean side setting.  

City of Saxman

The Saxman Native village boasts a world-class totem collection and a traditional cedar clan house.  

Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council

The Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council is a member-based non-profit organization that has been providing exceptional art experiences and opportunities since 1953.  Don’t forget to visit the Main Street Gallery where our local art is on display.

Prince of Wales Island

Prince of Wales Island is one of the islands of the Alexander Archipelago in the Alaska Panhandle. The island is 135 miles long, 45 miles wide, travelers to Prince of Wales must pass through Ketchikan, Alaska and boat or fly into P.O.W

Peace Health Ketchikan Medical Center

This world-class health facility offers an array of medical services.

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