Ketchikan, here we come

In Adventure, Alaska Travelgram, Lodging by scott

Just can’t help it. I love Alaska’s Gateway City. Above: “Creek Street” composite photo. We had a great time there last month, so we’re headed back for “last-blast-o’-summer” trip. Hey–it’s SUNNY there!

What’s on tap? Here’s a rundown–it’s a quick mini-primer for what you should see and do while you’re there:

a. Flying Alaska Airlines. Choose them or sail in on the Alaska Marine Highway (right: the m/v Columbia leaves for Bellingham). We’ve done both, but Alaska Air is decidedly quicker.

b. Stay at the lovely Inn at Creek Street. Right at the small boat harbor and adjacent to the historic Creek Street District, this small inn was a lovely surprise. There’s just a handful of rooms, so make your reservations in advance.

c. Coffee at the New York Hotel. Adjacent to the Inn at Creek Street. I honestly think they have the best coffee in town–plus a big mural painted by local artist Ray Troll. Don’t miss it.

d. Go kayaking with Southeast Sea Kayaks. Gillian and Greg offer a variety of trips. We’re looking at paddling around the south side of Gravina Island. “Just wait until you get here,” said Gillian. “This time of year, it’s all about the weather.” No kidding.

e. Flightseeing Misty Fjords National Monument with Taquan Air. This is an awesome trip.   Takeoff right along the channel near downtown–then head out over the mountains for the awesome views. Taquan pilots typically land at a lake or fjord so you can get out and stand on the floats–just to take it all in.

f. Zip-Line! Whoa! There are a couple of zipline courses out at Herring Cove. It’s a great adventure–gliding through the treetops of the rainforest canopy. Down below, you might see some bears–they frequent the area, since it’s a salmon hatchery. Fun!

Oh, we’ll eat at Annabelle’s. It’s right downtown and things get pretty quiet in the evening when the cruise ships are all gone. Can’t wait. If we had more time, we’d strike out to Prince of Wales Island for a little deer hunting. Next trip! Click here to learn more about Ketchikan.

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