3 Simple Tips for Planning Your Ketchikan Adventure

Did you know that people spend between 15-20 hours planning their future vacation? We firmly believe a little planning goes a long way to maximize your time while on vacation. Our Adventure Specialists love helping guests plan their dream vacations to Alaska.

Here are our top three tips to get started planning your trip to Ketchikan, Alaska.

#1 | Decide what you want to do.

Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World”, Ketchikan is known for world-class fishing, it’s no surprise that going fishing tops the list of things to do here. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just learning how to bait a hook for the first time, you’re sure to enjoy the adventure that awaits while on board.

Other things we suggest:

  • Get outside and admire the Alaskan wildlife! It’s not uncommon to see bald eagles, seals, sea otters, bears, deer, or even a pod of humpback or orca whales.
  • Go ziplining through the forest. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will handle the equipment and ensure your experience is one-of-a-kind.
  • Strap on your boots and go hiking. Tongass National Forest has a wide variety of trails that vary in difficulty.
  • Jump in a kayak and enjoy several tranquil hours out on the ocean exploring. During the excursion, you’re likely to spot seals, salmon, and, when the tide is low, you’re sure to see some starfish as well.
  • Hop on a floatplane and experience the freedom of flight as you tour over the Misty Fjords National Monument, surrounding lakes and glacial bays. Breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests await.

#2 | Pick a time to travel to Ketchikan.

Most area tour operators, restaurants and tourist attractions are only open seasonally from late spring through early fall. That means we suggest planning your visit between May and September. May through early June provides visitors a great time to explore before peak season crowds arrive in June/July (and usually save some money with early-season specials!) Late summer is fantastic for bear viewing (and if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis)


If fishing is the top of your list, there’s sure to be a fish on your hook whenever you visit.


Only a 90-minute flight from Seattle and many direct flights daily during the summer, getting here is easy. Now, will you visit for a weekend or a week?

#3 | Consider what type of experience you’re looking for.


From quiet remote lodges to boutique properties close to the hustle-bustle of the city center, Ketchikan has something for everyone. All-inclusive packages where all the details are sorted and ready for you to relax, or if you prefer to explore on your own, this is your opportunity to plan the vacation you’ve dreamed of.  With many ways to customize your experience at Salmon Falls Resort, our Adventure Specialists are happy to help you organize the perfect itinerary.


Ready to start planning? Contact us today!

Salmon Falls Resort Balcony with Firepit

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