Gain a unique understanding of Ketchikan and its Tlingit culture on this guided walking tour of Alaska’s ‘First City’.
Follow a Tlingit guide who will present Ketchikan over the years and share personal knowledge
Visit a salmon ladder and hear about the fascinating journey of salmon
Admire the area’s stunning flora and fauna
Enjoy the frontier atmosphere of Alaska’s ‘First City’
Level 3: Active - good mobility needed
1 hours 30 min
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers.
Your guide is of Tlingit descent and will share personal knowledge of the many changes Ketchikan has experienced over the years. The significance of totem poles within native culture will be explained as you encounter them on your journey.
Travel up infamous Creek Street, the former red light district, and learn about its important economic role in Ketchikan’s early history. Walk up historic ‘Married Man’s Trail’ and hear how it received its name.
Discover the awesome journey salmon must endure as they head to their spawning ground when you visit a salmon ladder.
Trees, shrubbery and flowers are plentiful along the route and your guide will share their importance to the Tlingit’s food gathering practices.
Your guide will return you to the downtown shopping area near the cruise ship pier after this easy walk of approximately nine blocks. Questions are encouraged, as your hosts want you to leave Ketchikan with a better understanding of the community and its native culture.
Remarks: Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing.
Walking information: Guests should be able to walk up to three miles on cement walkways with ascents and descents and be able to stand for 10 minutes without rest.