alaska - ketchikan

Old Jul 5th, 2005, 07:16 AM
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alaska - ketchikan

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has anyone got any ideas on what to do in Ketchikan besides Kayaks?
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Old Jul 5th, 2005, 07:38 AM
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There are a few options. The Alaska heritage center is a nice museum. There are totems, two places. There is also the boardwalk and old town.
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Old Jul 5th, 2005, 08:09 AM
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We stopped at Ketchikan when on an Alaskan cruise and spent all of our time in the old town walking around. There were a number of shops and other interesting things to see.
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Misty Fjords flightseeing, black bear viewing in August.
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Whatever you do, don't go to the "International Lumberjack Championship" It's a tourist trap that they hold every time new cruise ships arrive.

There is a very good state park a few miles outside of Ketchikan (I can't remember the name) which has authentic Native American lodges and totem poles.
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Saxman Village?, it is not a state park, and best seen with a guide as the commentary is needed to really get much out of the area.
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"Saxman Village" is south of town a bit. I believe the state park is "Totem Bight" and is the opposite direction of town. Both are a short cab ride from the dock. See more about them both at http://www.everythingalaska.com/eta.tb.html. Enjoy Alaska!
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http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/totembgh.htm

Totem Bight is about 12 miles north of Ketchikan, but a cab would probably work ONLY if you arrange a pick up as cabs won't be waiting at the park. There will also be several tours available at the dock visitor center to also consider. Saxman Village is 2 miles south of Ketchikan.
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Old Jul 10th, 2005, 08:21 AM
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thanks everyone
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Ketchikan is not a place to spend much time in. I once arrived there via the Alaska Marine Highway at about 5:30 a.m.
The bars were open and busy and there were police cars cruising the main street. I spoke with some folks who had decided to spend a few days there. They told me it was a mistake.
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