Ketchikan, on the southwest side of Revillagigedo Island, grew up around salmon canneries and sawmills. Ketchikan's name supposedly comes from the native term "Katch Kanna", which roughly translates: "spread wings of a thundering eagle." At one time Ketchikan was proclaimed the “Salmon Capital of the World.” An outstanding collection of totem poles make a visit to Ketchikan essential for anyone interested in Native art. Travelers flock to Ketchikan for their first look at the North Country, and are rarely disappointed.
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Explore one of nature's most spectacular creations during this scenic and exhilarating cruise to Misty Fjords.
Depart the pier aboard one of Alaska's fastest and most luxurious sightseeing vessels for the scenic cruise out of Ketchikan's picturesque harbor. Along the way, you will pass by colorful fishing boats and float planes, and watch for marine and coastal wildlife.
Next, you will pass the rugged coastlines bordering Revillagigedo Channel and proceed into the Behm Canal, which is surrounded by the pristine beauty of Misty Fjords. A stop will be made to view an active bald eagle's nest and a Tlingit pictograph. You will also see New Eddystone Rock, an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea, then take a leisurely visit to Rudyerd Bay, an ice-carved masterpiece deep within the monument.
While gliding quietly beneath its 3,000-foot vertical cliffs, you will learn about the fjord's natural history, feel the mist of glistening waterfalls and listen to the call of seabirds nesting on a rock face sculpted by glacial forces.
On the cruise back to Ketchikan, you will be served a selection of snacks and beverages while watching for whales, seals, eagles and other wildlife species. Your crew will be on hand to serve you and provide interesting commentary throughout the tour. You will also have the opportunity to experience native culture and history presented by a Tlingit storyteller, observe a native artist at work or watch a tour-related video presentation.
Please note: The ride from the pier to the Misty Fjords is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. Although wildlife sightings are common, they are not guaranteed. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Dress warmly in layers, bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the topside Observation Deck, and your camera.
Join the Captain and decades-seasoned Bering Sea fishermen for an extraordinary journey of discovery on the Aleutian Ballad, a storied crab boat seen on Season 2 of the Discovery Channel series "Deadliest Catch".
You'll set out in the calm, protected waters of coastal Ketchikan and relax in the Ballad's heated and sheltered outdoor amphitheater as we explore the incredible scenery of southeast Alaska. On the deck below you, a skilled fishing crew will haul up crab pots and long lines from the depths, revealing all manner of sea life including king crab, shark, octopus, prawns, and rock fish, just to name a few. The catch is then placed into an on-deck aquarium for you to view and even interact with, if you so desire.
Entwined throughout the entire tour are the stories of the men who have spent their lives working on the sea. Common tour sights on the other side of the rail include bald eagles, seals, otters, sea lions, whales, and Native Alaskan fishermen working the scenic coastline.
Please note: Guests must be at least 5 years of age. We recommend you dress warmly and in layers. The crab pot used for demonstration purposes will contain artificial crabs as the king pot has been repurposed to help unfortunate families. This "memorial" pot is covered in tags that people have written to loved ones and all guests are given the opportunity to add a tag if they choose and to make a donation to the Fishermen's Memorial Fund of which the proceeds go toward helping fishermen's families. However, live crabs are in the on-deck aquarium. This tour is not exclusive to Regent guests.
Witness Alaska's frontier lumberjacks do battle against British Columbia's premier woodsmen during this exciting, no-holds-barred lumberjack competition to determine who will claim the title of Bull of the Woods.
Depart the gangway for the brief walk along the pier in Ketchikan. Upon arrival at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show venue, covered, heated and cushioned seating will be provided. You will then witness Alaska's rich and colorful forest history come to life as world-champion athletes appearing on ESPN will be featured in chopping, sawing, speed climbing, log rolling, and other contests.
The 13 back-to-back events will be hosted by our colorful camp cook and tale-twister, who will also share stories of a bygone era. Voted the Best New Attraction for 2000 by Alaska's Visitor Association, this wonderful combination of education, entertainment and excitement depicts how the lumberjacks overcame the rugged and often-hazardous Tongass Forest and coastal wilderness.
Please note: The venue is located on the pier in Ketchikan, and just a short walk from the gangway. No transportation is required. Videotaping is not permitted at the venue.
Indulge your senses with a taste of Alaska during this picturesque George Inlet cruise, and a crab feast at the George Inlet Lodge.
Depart Ketchikan Harbor for the narrated drive along the scenic coastline. Along the way, you will pass by canneries, an old sawmill, totem poles and waterfalls. Upon arrival at George Inlet Lodge, you will be outfitted with a rain poncho, then board a 36-foot, fully-enclosed pontoon boat for a 90-minute cruise along Alaska's Inside Passage and the beautiful George Inlet. En route, you will see the historic George Inlet Cannery, a short-seam silver mine, and the Mahoney Glacial Cirque's snow-capped mountains and 2,000-foot waterfalls.
Next, you will cross the fjord to a remote estuary to witness the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Tongass National Forest, the world's largest temperate rain forest. Dungeness crabs abound in this estuary, and you may assist in pulling up crab pots to examine these tasty creatures from up close.
After measurements and statistics are taken, you will return to the warm and inviting George Inlet Lodge, where a dungeness crab meal awaits your arrival. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to relax amidst the rustic charm and Alaskan hospitality for which George Inlet Lodge is known. After a quick lesson in the art of crab cracking, you will be served this Alaskan favorite.
Following your visit, you will re-board your bus for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves walking on uneven surfaces, negotiating steep inclines and stairs. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Depending on the tide, the gangway to the boat can be steep (15-25 degrees). There are 79 covered stairs from the bus drop off to the lodge deck; however, there is a vehicle available to drive guests down and back up to eliminate the stair factor. The restaurant at the lodge will not be exclusive to RSSC guests. Although the catamarans are enclosed, guests are advised to dress warmly in layers as the weather can still get cold.
Ride an amphibious vehicle known as the "Duck" through the historical streets of Ketchikan and out into the placid harbor, while a guide entertains you with tales of the city's past.
Board the Duck right at the pier and after a safety briefing, your fully narrated Duck experience commences with a drive through the streets of Ketchikan, an area settled in 1883 around a salmon cannery. This picturesque "Salmon Capital of the World" still revolves around fishing, as you'll see at sites like the salmon ladder and spawning grounds, where thousands of salmon congregate. Of course, there's plenty more to explore during the land-based first half of this tour, including the former Red Light District along Creek Street, a curious downtown tunnel, and beautiful Whale Park, which is dominated by the Chief Kyan Totem Pole, one of more than 80 totem poles throughout the city.
Then, the scenery changes dramatically as the Duck drives down a ramp straight into the harbor and becomes a seaworthy boat. As you cruise through the Tongass Narrows, a half-mile-wide channel separating Ketchikan from Gravina Island, you'll pass fishing boats, pleasure boats and perhaps even seaplanes. You'll also notice a number of canneries along the shore, most of which is forested to the water's edge. You might also catch sight of black bears and bald eagles, which tend to gather around the salmon streams.
Finally, after approximately thirty-five minutes in the water, the Duck will drive back on to dry land and following a short safety check, make its way back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This is a seated tour and guests will remain on the Duck the entire time. While wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are welcome aboard the Duck, participants must be able to negotiate a 9-step ladder (each step is 6 inches high) unassisted in order to enter and exit the Duck. Wheelchairs, walkers and strollers are not permitted on the Duck and will be kept with the dock representative in a dry, secure place and returned at the end of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
A nonstop adventure in the wilds of Alaska, this spectacular excursion includes a cruise through unspoiled waterways to an island lodge for a traditional seafood boil.
Depart from the pier and begin driving along the picturesque coastline to Clover Pass, a fishing resort where you will board a boat and cruise towards Grant Island. The scenery along the way is pure Alaska, a wilderness of dense forests, rugged mountains and pristine water, all inhabited by the state's iconic wildlife.
You will have the rare opportunity to see an eagle's nest and perhaps observe frolicking seals and porpoise darting through the water. You will also pass one of the few manmade structures in the area, a naval facility used to measure the acoustics from submarines.
Upon arriving at Silverking Lodge in the heart of Grant Island State Marine Park, you will have time to check out the anglers' fresh catch and stroll the boardwalk that winds through the rainforest. Don't forget your camera: the largest known red cedar in the Tongass National Park towers majestically over the boardwalk's end. You may also see Sitka blacktail deer grazing on the lodge's grounds.
A bountiful seafood lunch follows, all prepared in a large pot of boiling water. You can expect delectable ingredients like Dungeness crab, mussels and shrimp, accompanied by potatoes, corn, onions and a host of flavorful spices. It's truly a feast not soon forgotten. Following your meal, you will retrace your route by sea and land back to the pier in Ketchikan.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate walking that may include some uneven and natural surfaces and there are a few steps to negotiate. Participants must be able to enter and exit the boat with limited assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, layered clothing; cap; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Become absorbed in the rich living culture of Southeast Alaska's Native Americans and witness a rip-roaring lumberjack competition on this comprehensive and fun tour of Ketchikan.
Your excursion commences with a short transfer to Saxman Native Village. For generations, Tlingit villages have maintained a tradition of welcoming visitors in regal style and at Saxman, guests are still afforded this same time-honored welcome.
In this Native community, tribal elders and others have worked hard to pass on many of the traditions that have long defined the culture of Southeast Alaska. A visit to Saxman gives the visitor a firsthand opportunity to see the results of these efforts. A guided nature trail walk brings you to the Tribal Clan House where you will enjoy a short video program that introduces visitors to the culture and history of Saxman. Following that, you will make your way into the Beaver Clan House where you will be welcomed by native dancers and singers. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the final dance before it's time to move on to the Saxman Totem Park, one of the largest gatherings of totem poles in the world.
At the Totem Park, your guide will help unravel the mysteries of these towering, majestic poles that stand as sentries over the present generation. From here, it's on to the Village Carving Center where world-famous carvers work and pass on their skills to eager apprentices. Before leaving here, a visit to the Village Store provides guests with the opportunity to purchase some of the finest Alaska Native art available or a small memento of your visit.
Re-joining your coach, you will see the sights of Creek Street on your way to your final stop, the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show. Let the fun begin as you watch hardy lumberjacks bring to life Alaska's colorful forest history with an action-packed competition in the partially covered and heated outdoor arena. Cheer on your team of World Champion lumberjacks in events such as chopping, sawing, tree climbing and much more. You will be kept on the edge of your seats as the entertaining host relives rich logging tales of a bygone era.
Following the show, you will make your own way back to the ship at your leisure.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking/standing, some of it on gravel pathways. The tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layers of weather appropriate clothing that is suited for the outdoors and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. There may be a short wait prior to the Lumberjack Show. If this is the case, time can be spent on your own or in the adjacent shop. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
Watch Ketchikan's rich heritage and natural beauty come alive during an exclusive tour of this waterfront city's most memorable attractions.
Depart the pier via coach or minibus for a scenic orientation of Alaska's First City, so named as the first major community travelers visit on their journey north. During your drive, you will become acquainted with Alaska's busiest waterfront, bustling with floatplanes and fishing boats. Visit Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, home to Alaska’s wildlife and Native History.
Begin your fully guided and narrated tour by walking through a historic sawmill as you head to the carving shed. Here, you will see a demonstration by a Native totem carver and see first-hand the delicate art if their woodwork. Following the demonstration you will with your guide to the Alaska Raptor Center, a bird rehabilitation center. See a bald eagle upclose and learn about its amazing agility during a demonstration. You will then take a short walk out to a viewing platform in a Rainforest and enjoy smoked salmon and crackers with a beverage.
Next, you'll travel to the Saxman Native Village for a guided visit to one of the world's largest collections of totem poles. Walk “totem row” with your driver-guide and hear stories behind some of the totem poles that are located here.
Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. The vehicles cannot accommodate wheelchairs and are not air-conditioned. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
Indulge your senses with a pair of Alaska's favorite experiences during this picturesque flightseeing tour, and an Alaskan dungeness crab lunch at the George Inlet Lodge.
Depart Ketchikan's picturesque harbor aboard a floatplane for a 30-minute flightseeing tour over the city and Tongass National Forest, then on to the remote, yet rustic and elegant George Inlet Lodge. Along the way, you will take in spectacular vistas and photo opportunities, and learn about the historic importance of the DeHavilland Beaver floatplane and the landmarks seen below.
Upon arrival at the lodge, you will be served a smoked salmon snack served with white wine or Alaskan amber beer. You will also learn about the colorful George Inlet Lodge and its epic journey across 90 miles of ocean to its current location. Your host will entertain you with stories and facts about Alaska, Ketchikan and so much more before. You will then be served a repast consisting of a fresh romaine salad topped with homemade Oriental-style dressing, followed by steamed baby red potatoes and dungeness crab. A steaming hot second helping of crab is included. Dessert will consist of rich, smooth cheesecake smothered with Alaskan blueberries.
Afterward, a brief visit will be made to the George Inlet Lodge's gift shop before taking a narrated coach ride along the coastline, then back to Ketchikan. En route, you will pass by and learn about totem poles, and see a fish hatchery and the Ketchikan Coast Guard Station.
Please note: The order of sites visited may be reversed. This tour involves walking on uneven surfaces, negotiating steep inclines and stairs. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Depending on the tide, the gangway to the floatplane can be steep (15-25 degrees). There are 79 covered stairs from the bus drop off to the lodge deck. However, there is a maintenance vehicle available to drive guests down and back up to eliminate the stair factor.
Discover magnificent Misty Fjords National Monument in an DeHavilland Beaver or Otter floatplane. View some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska from the comfort of your window seat. Enjoy a personal pilot narration with individual headsets on this once in a lifetime experience.
Best accessed by air, your flight route is dependent on the day's weather. You may see New Eddystone Rock and Big Goat Lake to the South or Neets Bay and Bell Island Hot Springs to the North. Your pilot will fly over the glacier carved fjords, beautiful river valleys, and pristine mountain lakes, identifying the scenic wonders for your viewing pleasure, on this once in a lifetime adventure.
A highlight of your tour will be an exhilarating landing on an alpine lake or remote fjord. Step out onto the pontoon with your pilot to enjoy the fresh mountain air, eagle calls, and breathtaking scenery. The monument is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in Alaska. Boasting 2.3 million acres, it is almost four times the area of Rhode Island. Only by air can you fully appreciate the dramatic beauty of land slowly crafted by the hands of nature over tens of thousands of years. Massive glacier action created this ice-rimmed wilderness.
Please note: This tour is accessible to guests with some physical limitations. For details please consult the Destination Services staff before booking. Flight time is approximately 1 1/4 hours with an approximately 10-minute water landing. This tour operates under special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Children under the age of 2 are considered lap children and must ride in the lap of their parent. After 2nd birthday, a child must be ticketed for a seat and remain in a seat with seatbelt securely fastened.
Explore Alaska's spectacular topography, bear population and abundant wildlife from two unique perspectives during this picturesque flight-seeing tour to Neets Bay.
Depart Ketchikan's picturesque harbor aboard a floatplane for an exhilarating flight to Neets Bay, home to one of the Southeast Alaska's premiere bear-viewing locations. This once-in-a-lifetime wildlife expedition provides a rare opportunity to observe the wild black bears of Southeast Alaska; however, it will only be available to a limited number of guests in order to minimize impact on the wildlife population and protect this fragile environment.
Your specially-equipped DeHavilland or Cessna aircraft will offer all of the amenities required to make your trip a memorable one, including window seats for all passengers, digital CD/audio systems, and individual headsets to hear the complimentary narration and music. A souvenir route guidebook will be provided.
Upon arrival at Neets Bay, you will take a brief hike down a quarter-mile maintained wilderness road, then continue on to the viewing area where black bears congregate and can be seen fishing for their next meal. En route, your naturalist/guide will explain the habits of the bear, life cycle of the salmon and important work done at the hatchery to protect Alaska's wild salmon population. The covered viewing area will provide you with an up-close look at the bears in their natural habitat, and the natural beauty of the Tongass National Forest. Other wildlife sighting possibilities include eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, marten, and seals.
Following your visit, you will re-board your floatplane for the return flight to Ketchikan.
Please note: This tour involves a quarter-mile walk over uneven terrain to-and-from Neets Bay, with a few steps and narrow passageways. This trip includes approximately 1 hour of bear-watching, and 45 minutes of total flight time. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Dress warmly in layers, wear comfortable hiking footwear and bring raingear from the ship. Participation in this excursion is extremely limited. Although wildlife sightings are common, they cannot be guaranteed.
Watch for black bears feeding on salmon in a Herring Cove stream and then enjoy a feast yourself at nearby George Inlet Lodge, a former cannery house on the waterfront.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive along the coast, passing almost entirely through a rainforest of spruce, hemlocks and cedars before reaching Herring Cove. You will then follow an elevated wooden boardwalk over a grassy wetland to Eagle Creek, which holds an abundance of Pacific salmon during the spawning season.
From your perch on the boardwalk, you will have an ideal vantage point to watch hungry bears feeding on the bountiful salmon to fatten up for winter. You may spot black bears at the water’s edge, in the water or simply lumbering about in anticipation of their next meal. While there is no telling if or when the bears will appear, it’s quite the sight when they do.
Black bears are the most common of the three species of North American bears. Despite their name, they can be blue-gray, brown or cinnamon colored. Black bears are typically solitary animals and can weigh up to 600 pounds, especially before they hibernate.
Following your bear-viewing adventure, you will drive a little farther along the coast to George Inlet Lodge. Here, you will enjoy a sumptuous Dungeness crab feast with plenty of mouthwatering side dishes and desserts. After dining, feel free to wander the grounds, taking in the spectacular scenery before driving back to the pier.
Please Note: Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing. The trail covers approximately half mile, and is mostly flat and built on gravel except for the portion of elevated bridges and walkways. The boardwalk is 15-25 feet off the ground and allows for safe viewing of bears while enjoying close proximity. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity and there are times when bears will not be seen. There is transportation available up and down the hill from George Inlet Lodge for guests who do not wish to take the stairs. Minimum age to participate on this tour is 12 years old. This tour operates rain or shine; rain ponchos are provided.
Fly into the nearby wilderness to a special viewing platform for a close-up look at black bears as they catch and then feed on spawning salmon.
Your adventure begins at Ketchikan's waterfront where you will board a floatplane equipped with digital sound systems, intercoms and noise canceling headsets for each individual passenger. Once you are in the air, you'll fly over the vast backcountry for approximately twenty-five minutes, gazing down upon historic homesteads, mountains blanketed with dense forests, pristine lakes and Alaska's fabled Inside Passage, a waterway shaped by massive glaciers.
Upon landing at your remote location, an Alaskan naturalist will accompany you on a short drive to a trailhead in the forest. A brief hike of approximately a half-mile brings you to a viewing platform that overlooks a stream brimming with salmon. While wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed, Black bears are usually gathered around the rapids feeding on the salmon as they swim upstream. Several species of salmon travel through these waters, including chum, pink and coho salmon. Each fish can produce as many as 4,500 eggs, if it can make it farther upstream to spawn.
That's where the bears come in. They know this is a prime location for grabbing the salmon, often with their open mouths, as the fish unknowingly leap into the air. The suspense is palpable; as some salmon make it past the gauntlet of bears and others become dinner.
Of course, bear and salmon aren't the only creatures in this rugged wilderness. You may also see Sitka black-tailed deer, bald eagles, mink and martens. Ample time will be provided to observe the wildlife activity and your guide will also identify a variety of vegetation and wildlife found in this pristine rain-forest environment. Following your viewing time, you will retrace your route and return to the pier Ketchikan.
Please note: The hiking on this tour is considered moderate to strenuous and includes natural and uneven surfaces. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Guest must be at least 8 years of age to participate on this tour. All participants must be able to keep pace and stay with the group at all times. Warm, layered clothing to include a waterproof outer layer and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Large backpacks or other carry-on items are not permitted onboard the aircraft; however, complimentary storage is available. THERE IS NO FOOD ALLOWED AT ANY POINT ON THIS EXCURSION.
Discover one of Alaska's largest bear populations during this memorable visit to Prince of Wales Island via floatplane.
Depart the pier in Ketchikan via floatplane for the 30-minute flight to Prince of Wales Island, the United State's third-largest island territory behind Hawaii and Kodiak Islands. The country's overgrown logging areas and many salmon streams serve as an ideal habitat for black bears; the highest black bear population can be found on Prince of Wales Island. This remote destination will serve as the setting for your guided bear tour.
After your plane lands on the water, dependent upon location and tidal conditions, you may disembark the plane directly onto the beach or you may be required to walk in the water to access the beach. You will then proceed to a quiet water area where bears come to fish. In the event of high tidal conditions, it is also possible you will need to remain on the plane.
Following your visit, you will re-board your floatplane for the return flight to the pier.
Please note: Although bear sightings are common, they cannot be guaranteed. This tour may involve approximately 100 yards of walking on an uneven, rocky and, at times, slippery beach, 60 minutes total flying time and 40 minutes on the ground. Participation in this excursion is extremely limited. Depending on prevailing tides, guests may be outfitted with hip boots or waders at the pilot's discretion to make transit from the plane to the beach drier and easier.
Indulge your senses with the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness during this relaxing fishing excursion, and a seafood lunch prepared al fresco.
After being outfitted with weather-appropriate outdoor gear, you will board an open-air skiff with your guide and depart the harbor in Ketchikan for an authentic fishing excursion on Alaska's southeastern coast. Depending on the season, the tides and even the day, you will be taken to secluded locations for an intimate look at Alaska's wildlife and pristine wilderness.
Local fish and game professionals give this tour their highest ratings for delivering a true Alaskan wilderness experience for serious adventurers and families seeking a personalized tour. With only five passengers per boat, your guides will customize this excursion to fit your interests and skill level.
Upon arrival at your fishing site, you will receive your rod and tackle, and begin jigging for rockfish, red snapper, ling cod or halibut. Your catch will eventually become the entrée in your gourmet campsite meal.
Following your fishing session, your skiff will take you to our wilderness campsite for an outdoor culinary adventure. As a crackling fire blazes in the stillness of the rainforest's centuries-old spruce trees and fragrant cedars, you will dine on your freshly-caught fish served atop a saffron-infused, bouillabaisse-inspired stew (no shellfish). Your entrée will be served, accompanied by fire-warmed sourdough rolls with a garlicky aioli, rhubarb-blueberry bread pudding, and steaming mugs of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, and bring a hat and gloves. A $25 per person, one-day fishing license is not included in the price, and must be paid directly to the boat captain/operator (payable in cash only). The minimum age to participate on this tour is five years old. Children must be accompanied by a parent, and be prepared for a long fishing day. This tour operates in wet weather.
Join an experienced Alaskan trail guide for a walk through the natural, unspoiled beauty of a coastal rain forest found on a remote island in the Tongass National Forest.
Boarding your coach at the pier, it's a 30-minute transfer to the dock at Knudson Cove where you will board your Seahawk boat and set-off on a sightseeing journey while en route to your secluded island. Upon arrival, your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the ancient forest where you will learn about the botanic species native to this region, like Western red cedar and yellow cedar that early Natives were so dependent upon for spiritual enrichment, shelter and transportation. You will also hear how Sitka spruce was instrumental in the construction of Howard Hughes' famous "Spruce Goose" and other early vintage fighter planes. The well-maintained trail takes you through a beautiful old growth forest, by way of a secluded beach and is mostly boardwalk.
After an enjoyable hike over this gently sloped historic trail, you will stop for a break to enjoy and be treated to an Alaskan-style snack. Before heading back to your Seahawk, you'll have some free time to explore the natural beauty around you.
The return cruise back to the Knudson Cove and your waiting motor coach gives you another opportunity to perhaps spot some whales, Stellar sea lions, harbor seals, porpoise, bald eagles and other migrating seabirds. Be sure to bring your camera and binoculars on this excursion!
Please note: This tour involves approximately 3/4 mile of walking over a gently sloping boardwalk and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns and is not recommended for those with back or neck problems. Layers of weather appropriate clothing that is suited for the outdoors and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Minimum weight to participate is 40 lbs. in order to fit into the required life jacket. Each guest will be assigned a life jacket which must be worn throughout the marine portion of the tour. Only life jackets provided by the tour operator will be permitted for use on the tour. Raingear will be provided if necessary. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.
Discover Ketchikan's scenic beauty, historic sites and city highlights as you embark on this cultural tour.
From the pier, you will first set-off on a narrated drive through Ketchikan, viewing the Old City and driving past the infamous Creek Street, Ketchikan's former red-light district. As you travel along the scenic North Tongass Highway, you will pass salmon canneries, bustling boat harbors and a pulp mill that was once the largest of its kind in the world.
Leaving the city behind, you will proceed to Totem Bight State Park. Upon arrival, your guide will enlighten you with details on the flora and fauna as you walk along a winding trail and through a forest of mighty hemlock before arriving at an old Indian campsite. Here, you will discover an abundance of colorful totem poles, each representing a fascinating tale. Next, you will learn about primitive Alaskan Indian culture during a stop at the mysterious Ceremonial Tribal House located in the park.
Taking a break at the quaint Alaska Totem Trading Store, you will have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a cookie and beverage and browse the display of rare antique firearms dating from 1535 through the 1860's.
Following your break, it's time to explore a recreated 19th-century Alaska Native village and learn centuries of history at Potlatch Park. Examine beautifully carved totem poles, one an impressive 42 feet tall. The poles depict thunderbirds, ravens, eagles, whales and other creatures, all imparting legends of the land and its people. Peer into a clan house where a diorama shows how Natives actually lived in the 1800's. At the carving center, artisans perfect their craft and preserve stories of heroes, spirits and ancestors in standing cedar monuments. You will also have the chance to visit an amazing collection of antique cars and dream of cruising around in beauties like a 1937 Ford pickup, 1932 Packard or the gorgeously preserved 1924 Stanley Steamer.
A leisurely drive brings you back to downtown Ketchikan where you will drive alongside the bustling waterfront before returning to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour involves approximately a half mile of walking on gravel pathways and over uneven terrain. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Layers of weather appropriate clothing that is suited for the outdoors and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.
On this one-of-a-kind wildlife safari, your knowledgeable Captain will use his understanding of tides, weather and seasonal evolutions to design an expedition uniquely suited to the day. Humpback and orca whales, Dall’s porpoise, harbor seals and bears are a few of the species that thrive in this pristine environment. As animals are sighted, the Captain will maneuver the vessel to provide optimal views, and your expert Naturalist will explain their fascinating life-cycles and behaviors.
Take a leisurely break from cruising to step ashore on remote Annette Island, welcomed by a greeting from your Tsimshian Alaska Native hosts: “La Gwelga Lak!” (The Fire Has Been Lit!). This gentle bay area, with a sloping beach fringed with lush vegetation, presents stunning views of the surrounding islands. Here, you have will have the opportunity to explore the old-growth rainforest, learn about the intertidal zone and traditional harvesting techniques, and enjoy an Alaska-style beach bonfire.
While your camp hosts tend the fire, you can indulge your adventurer’s appetite with a scrumptious feast that includes reindeer sausage hotdogs, kettle chips, salmonberry jam and other local delights, while sipping on an Alaskan Amber Beer, or your choice of wine, soda or juice. Finish your meal with an American classic, roasting marshmallows for s’mores made with locally-crafted chocolate.
Back aboard the vessel, you’ll continue exploring the coastline and scanning the water for signs of wildlife while enjoying complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate. You may also wish to purchase locally-harvested items such as smoked salmon, devil’s club tea, pickled bull kelp and salmon jerky.
Note: Wildlife is frequent, but not guaranteed. All guests should be able to navigate a 5-rung ladder and be able to navigate tide variable ramps and stairways. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or for guests using assistive devices including wheelchairs and walkers. Wear warm layers and comfortable walking shoes.
Fly into the pristine Alaskan wilderness and land at a waterfront lodge in Misty Fjords National Monument to dine on a veritable feast of Dungeness crab, salmon and more.
After departing from the pier, you will soon arrive at Taquan Air, where you will board a DeHavilland floatplane and fly towards Misty Fjords National Monument. Along the way, you will enjoy a bird’s-eye view of some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska while listening through headphones as the bush pilot elaborates on the natural wonders below.
Just when you think the scenery couldn’t be any more breathtaking, you will arrive at the national monument. Majestic beyond imagination, the landscape is a mosaic of sea cliffs, misty mountains, deep fjords and dense rainforest. You might see waterfalls plunging into the sea, river otters frolicking in the water and bald eagles soaring overhead.
The wilderness has changed little over the centuries and that is the charm of this unspoiled wonderland, especially when seen up close. You will have that rare opportunity when the floatplane lands and brings you to the doorstep of George Inlet Lodge, a former cannery house.
Here, you will enjoy a sumptuous Dungeness crab feast with plenty of mouthwatering side dishes, such as smoked salmon and red potatoes. Be sure to save room for dessert, which is usually creamy cheesecake smothered with seasonal Alaskan blueberries. After dining, feel free to wander the grounds, taking in the spectacular scenery before driving back to the pier.
Please Note: Guests are advised to wear layered warm clothing and good walking shoes.
Flight time is approximately 1 hours with an approximately 10-minute water landing. Guests must be able to make their own way on and off small aircraft and navigate uneven docks and ramps. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility challenges. There is transportation available up and down the hill from George Inlet Lodge for guests who do not wish to take the stairs.
Your adventure begins with a narrated scenic coach ride to a secluded mountain lake. Upon arrival, you will receive a briefing and be outfitted with your equipment before boarding your Indian-style, 37-foot canoe. These canoes, which hold up to 20 passengers, are fast, stable, and easy to maneuver. Paddling under the direction of an experienced guide, scan the shore for wildlife and learn the unique natural and Indian history of the Ketchikan area. This beautiful lake which is part of a lush rain forest, is ideal for canoeing and is surrounded by the Tongass, the largest National Forest in the United States.
After approximately 1-hour of paddling, you will stop ashore for a native-style snack including smoked fish, clam chowder, rolls with wild berry jams and beverages. A knowledgeable guide will lead a short nature walk that will highlight the flora and fauna of the rain forest, including a carnivorous plant, the Sundew, which uses tentacles with an adhesive "dew" to ensnare small insects. Following your time ashore, you will re-board your canoe and paddle back to the canoe dock where your motor coach awaits to transfer you back to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 90-minutes of canoeing and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing suited for the outdoors and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Minimum weight to participate is 40 lbs. in order to fit into the required life jacket. Each guest will be assigned a life jacket which must be worn throughout the marine portion of the tour. Only life jackets provided by the tour operator will be permitted for use on the tour. Raingear will be provided if necessary. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.
Explore the pristine natural environment of the Tongass Rainforest during this limited participation hiking excursion.
On the pier, you will be met and transferred via van to the wilderness trail head which is approximately 15-minutes away. Upon arrival at this remote location, you will receive a trail orientation and listen to a short discussion about bears before setting off on your trek. Here in this isolated location, you will commence your hike on an unpaved, mostly level wilderness trail. The beautiful tranquility of this lush rainforest surrounding will delight you as you make your way through the wilderness, admiring the ancient forest and giant trees of the Tongass National Forest.
Your first stop is at a lovely meadow, where your guide will help you identify some of the unusual plants and flowers growing here. Continuing on, you will walk to a cascading waterfall, where a viewing platform allows you to appreciate the abundant water and wildlife found at this location. You might also be able to enjoy a salmonberry or blueberry in season or perhaps catch a glimpse of a bear or two, or a bald eagle soaring overhead. You will want to make sure and have your camera with you as the scenery is simply spectacular.
From your viewing location at the waterfall, it's about 20-minutes of additional hiking to reach your next photo stop beside the rushing waters of a sparkling stream that dependent upon the time of your visit, could be filled with wild salmon or other native fish. Your viewing platform here sits directly above the clear waters and during your stop your guide will share with you some early Native American traditions. Surrounded by ancient trees towering all around you, some over 600 years old, you will marvel at the grandeur of this natural setting. Reaching out and touching them, you can only imagine at their history and wonder what role they may have played in the area's history and traditions. Maybe your visit today will even inspire you to begin some new traditions of your own.
Following your stop at the second viewing platform, you will hike back to the trail head where your van awaits to transfer you back to the pier in Ketchikan.
Please note: This tour covers approximately 2 miles of moderate hiking over natural terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate, layered clothing is recommended and flat, closed-toe footwear is required. Sandals or open-toed shoes are not appropriate for the trail. While there is a restroom facility at the trail head, there are no facilities along the trail itself. The minimum age to participate in the tour is 4 years of age and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Strollers and walkers are not allowed on the trail. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
Your small-group excursion begins as you board your motorcoach for a short drive to a private reserve located in Herring Cove. Upon arriving, your guide/naturalist leads you along a trail through the heart of the rainforest, among tall stands of hemlock, spruce and Alaska cedar. This pristine environment is home to black bears, eagles, seals, a variety of birds, and many other species of wildlife attracted by the over 100,000 salmon that return each year to spawn.
Large concentrations of black bear gather to feed on the huge runs of spawning Pacific salmon in the stream running through the reserve. Bald eagles wait for scraps, mink and marten frequent the area, and seals can usually be seen feeding on the bountiful fish harvest.
Your search for wildlife takes over an elaborate elevated boardwalk system and strategically located platforms overlooking the creek, and off-the-beaten-track areas, promising an exclusive opportunity to view bears at close range in a safe environment. Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, keep your camera ready for a myriad of photo opportunities.
At the trail's end, see birds of prey close up at the Alaska Raptor Center's exhibit, tour a historic sawmill and visit with a master Native carver crafting a totem pole. Enjoy some free time and browse in the general store before returning to the ship.
Note: Guest must be able to stand for over an hour and walk approx. 1 mile.
Experience the rugged Alaskan wilderness from the driver's seat of a specially designed off-road adventure kart.
Get ready for the off-road adventure of a lifetime! Mountain trails through a privately owned rainforest preserve offer the perfect venue for off-road challenges. Learn about the history, culture and economy of Ketchikan as you are transported by motorcoach to this rainforest wilderness.
Arriving at the Adventure Kart base camp, you will receive a safety briefing and gear up in preparation for the exciting, 90-minute guided trek. Your caravan of karts sets out to explore the remote back country along several miles of improved forest trail, with your guide in the lead ATV. A comfortable pace is maintained as you thread your way around steep curves, climbing to reveal unparalleled views of the Tongass National Forest, Behm Canal and Alaska's fabled Inside Passage. Stops are made along the way to soak up the grandeur and beauty of this lush land.
About mid-point in your ride, you will stop for a snack and beverage, then drivers and passengers have the opportunity to switch positions for the return trip. Be prepared to watch for wildlife along the way where eagles, deer or bears are frequently sighted.
Please note: Guests should be prepared for a very bumpy ride and therefore this tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems or pregnant women. Expect the trail to be dusty or muddy depending on the weather conditions. Vehicle speed is mechanically regulated to a maximum of 30 m.p.h. Each driving participant must present a valid driver's license and be at least 16 years of age. Participants must be at least 40 pounds and 50 inches in height to ensure maximum benefit from the safety harnesses on the vehicles. Maximum weight is 300 lbs. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. A liability waiver is required and must be signed in the presence of the operator.
Envision the thrill of gliding through the top of a rich rainforest canopy along a series of cables suspended between tall spruce, hemlock and cedar trees, all bordering the magnificent Tongass National Forest. This eco-adventure combines the rainforest canopy with a flight over seven ziplines and 4,500 feet of high-tension cables, three aerial bridges.
Upon arrival at Herring Cove, an all-terrain vehicle will transport you up a steep hillside to the canopy camp where you'll be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and given a safety briefing. Ease into the forest canopy along cables, ranging from a short 175 feet to the 850-foot pulse-pounding 'Ben's Revenge.' Watch for wildlife from the tree platforms, discover a hidden waterfall, and cross three hanging sky bridges, all offering breathtaking views 135 feet above the forest floor. The final zipline emerges from the rainforest and transports you over lush grassy wetlands to a viewing tower 55 feet above ground. Rappel to the ground and gear-down at the base camp, where you will be presented with a custom cast Alaska Canopy Adventures medal in recognition of your achievement.
Please note: Participants must weigh between 90 lbs. and 250 lbs., be in good physical condition and must be comfortable with heights. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Completion of a waiver and/or release form is necessary and cannot be signed by relatives that are not a minor's legal guardian. Pregnant women, persons with pre-existing or recurrent medical conditions, and/or persons with a fear of heights, should not participate. We recommend you wear layered clothing and long pants. Closed-toe shoes are required. Rain gear provided when needed. Although wildlife sightings are frequent, they cannot be guaranteed.