Posts Tagged ‘Ketchikan’

On Location: SE Alaska!

Map of route through Inside Passage, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska

Updated August 4, 2012 Follow along on a photo journey through Southeast Alaska via the Alaska Marine Highway System.  Our three week adventure begins in Bellingham, Washington, cruises through the Inside Passage of coastal British Columbia, then continues north with stops in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Glacier Bay, Juneau, Tracy Arm and Sitka.  See whale, otter, […]


Best Sights and Restaurants of Southeast Alaska

Fishing wharfs, Sitka, Alaska

Here are my favorite sights and restaurants in Southeast Alaska, along with a few tips for getting around when traveling via the Alaska Marine Highway System without a car. Favorite Sights in Southeast Alaska #1  Glacier Bay National Park While Tracy Arm (see #2 below) probably has an edge over Glacier Bay on visually stunning […]


Southeast Alaska Day 6 – 4th of July Ketchikan Style

Native American dancers performing in Ketchikan's Fourth of July parade

July 4, 2012 Independent bookseller Parnassus Books made for a nice place to hang out while waiting for the parade to start.  Purchased the beautiful photo book  Misty Fjords, by Chip Porter, and enjoyed a delicious slice of the store owner’s homemade apple pie, one of four flavors to choose from. Hundreds of people lined […]


Southeast Alaska Day 5 – Totem Bight State Historical Park

Thunderer's Pole, Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan, Alaska

July 3, 2012 Totem Bight State Historical Park makes for a fascinating half-day excursion from downtown Ketchikan, Alaska.  Started in 1938, the Civilian Conservation Corps hired local Native carvers to duplicate original totem poles that were eroding away in abandoned villages.  New poles were carved right next to the originals, which were brought in from […]


Southeast Alaska Day 4 – Ketchikan

Creek Street, Ketchikan, Alaska

July 2, 2012 Funny thing about this town:  once the cruise ships leave in the late afternoon, the town (or at least this part of the town) practically shuts down.  That means eating dinner at the same few restaurants that remain open.  My recommendation for a Ketchikan dinner:  Annabelle’s Restaurant.  Favorite meal (for second night […]


Southeast Alaska Day 3 – A Rainy Day in Ketchikan

Detail on Raven Stealing the Sun totem pole

July 1, 2012 Our ferry arrived in Ketchikan at 7:30am to light rain, and dropped off bags at the New York Hotel lobby on Creek Street.  From here, we found a quick hot oatmeal breakfast at the 50’s-styled Pioneer Café. Next, we visited the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, with a scenic film about Southeast Alaska, […]