Take a break from your stultifying urban lifestyle and taste the exhilarating wilderness surrounding Ketchikan - the first city of Alaska. Proudly embracing the rich Alaska Native culture, visiting this small but vibrant city will make you fall in love with nature. Here are the top things you should do at Ketchikan.
Plan a day trip to the Misty Fjords National Monument;a magnificent cluster of lush rainforests, steep fjords, glacial valleys and roaring waterfalls.
Catch a smooth seaplane ride for the jaw-dropping views of the scenery around. Ohhh, the pictures from up there are indisputably Insta-worthy!
Take a guided tour and explore the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. If you're lucky, you might spot black bears and bald eagles, doing their thing, along the way.
Also, Ketchikan has the largest collection of Native American totem poles in the world.
Go salmon fishing at the Ketchikan Creek. They don't call Ketchikan the "Salmon Capital of the World" for no reason.
Take an excursion to Tongass National Forest - the largest national forest in the United States and camp overnight at the cabin in the woods - John Muir’s Cabin.
And while you're there, zipline your way through the Tongass National Forest and experience its idyllic scenery from a different angle.
Put on your hiking shoes and hit the Deer Mountain Trail. The spectacular views from the peak are definitely worth the hike.
Kayaking in Ketchikan is a must. There’s a chance you might bump into a whale.
And when you're done with all the wilderness, visit Creek Street, a historic boardwalk, to shop souvenirs, eat smoked salmons and admire local art.