Totem Pole Saxman Village, Ketchikan, Alaska
Ketchikan has more totem poles than anywhere in the world. And just south of downtown at Saxman Native Village you’ll find a nice collection of finely carved and decorated totems— all authentic replicas— plus a replica clan house.
Tongass Trail Forest, Ketchikan, Alaska
If you’re craving natural thrills, venture past the town limits into Tongass National Forest. The largest national forest in the U.S., it’s a great place to spot local wildlife like deer, seals— even black bears and bald eagles.
If you really want to experience Alaska’s dramatic landscape, visit Misty Fjords National Monument. It’s 3,570 square feet of rock walls, towering trees, sea cliffs and dramatic fjords.
Ketchikan isn’t called the canned salmon capital of the world for nothing. Seafood is incorporated in all sorts of dishes, from chowders and omelets to sandwiches and burgers. You’ll find plenty of American staples, but for a taste of the local culture try some traditional native foods like beach asparagus or seaweed. And for a pick-me-up, have a cup of locally roasted Raven’s Brew Coffee.
The pier is home to specialty shops, galleries and boutiques. But be sure to wander downtown Ketchikan for local finds like authentic Alaskan art, Native crafts, furs and jewelry.
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