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.