Ketchikan, Alaska

  • Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Ketchikan, Alaska
Travel + Leisure

From the central Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery & Eagle Center—where a dedicated staff tends to injured native birds, including three bald eagles—head out to the Upland Way Stairs, which bring you to a series of spectacular lookouts.

Ketchikan, Alaska

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Must-Sees from the Editors of Travel + Leisure

Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

On a three-and-a-half-hour Inside Passage trip aboard an industrial fishing vessel that’s been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, you’ll get a firsthand look at how Alaska’s commercial fishermen haul in king crabs, octopus, and even sharks. Guests can also touch prawns, starfish, and other small marine animals before they’re tossed back to sea.

Only accessible by boat or floatplane, the 2.3 million-acre wilderness area features saltwater fjords with 3,000-foot cliffs carved out by glaciers over thousands of years. Travelers can launch kayaks on waters flanked by old-growth forests where porpoise, mountain goat, and black-bear sightings are common.

More than just a straightforward harness-and-zipline experience, this aerial ropes course challenges you to climb a 50-foot tower, cross narrow log bridges, and whiz above Ketchikan’s ocean shores and temperate rain forests on seven different lines.

Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.

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