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KETCHIKAN CITY, POTLATCH TOTEM PARK AND WILDLIFE TOUR

Per Person $74 USD
Children (Ages 12 and under) $53 USD
*Selections and optional choices will be made during checkout

KETCHIKAN CITY, POTLATCH TOTEM PARK AND WILDLIFE TOUR

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This tour heads out of town, giving you the chance to see more of beautiful Revillagigedo Island, on which Ketchikan is located.

As we drive the scenic road to Potlatch Totem Park, you'll hear the history of Ketchikan, including its fishing and logging past and see the old pulp mill and cannery. Upon arriving at Potlatch Totem Park, you will feel like you have stepped back in time. Built on the former fishing grounds of the native Tlingit peoples, this park depicts what a native fishing village in the 1800s would have looked like. The two large clan houses are surrounded by four smaller clan houses, all filled with elaborate carvings, both inside and out.

In the totem carving shed, you'll learn the significance of these cultural works of art and watch one of the carvers in action. You'll hear about the pole's design, carving, and painting process and even smell the fresh cedar scent given off by shavings. Your tour includes admission to the Russian Museum, with interesting displays of antique cars, firearms, and other curiosities.

We continue on a coastal road, heading farther out of town and away from the crowds to quaint Herring Bay. This small inlet cove provides the perfect habitat for Ketchikan's wildlife to thrive. During salmon season, you'll often spot black bears, eagles, herons, and seals. See the salmon just a few feet away as they fight their way upstream from June through September.

You'll check out the highlights of the charming town of Ketchikan. As you make your way around the city, you'll drive past the cannery, some of the residential areas and the waterfront, including Creek Street, the former historic Red Light district. You can choose to end your tour here to do some shopping or continue the ride to the downtown area to return to your cruise ship.

As Ketchikan gets upward of 14 feet of rain per year, the residents pride themselves on almost never canceling baseball games and picnics due to rain. The weather prediction is easy--if you can't see the top of Deer Mountain, it's raining. If you can, it's going to rain. Bring your slicker!

  • This tour includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
  • Fully narrated tour by experienced guide
  • City tour of Ketchikan
  • Exploration of Potlatch Park
  • Free admission to the Russian Museum
  • Herring Bay for wildlife viewing
  • Time for shopping

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Departures (local time)

  • 8:30 AM (2.5 hrs) Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time.
  • 9:30 AM (2.5 hrs) Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time.
  • 10:30 AM (2.5 hrs) Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time.
  • 11:30 AM (2.5 hrs) Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time.
  • 1:30 PM (2.5 hrs) Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time.
  • 3:30 PM (2.5 hrs) Fridays only. Please check in 15 minutes prior to tour departure time.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• We suggest you bring rain apparel or an umbrella as Ketchikan experiences high quantities of rain.

Restrictions

• Children under the age of 5 are free if they sit on an adult's lap.
• This tour is accessible for collapsible wheelchairs only. Please let us know if someone in your party is traveling with a collapsible wheelchair so we can notify the guide. No other accessible equipment can be accommodated.