Real Life in Ketchikan Neighborhood Walk

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Local Experience, Hiking and Walking, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes. We may have to walk at a slower pace, depending on the age of any kids on the tour, but they still shouldn't have a problem with the walk.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10



English (fluent), French (advanced), German (basic), Spanish (basic)

Close-up look at real life for Alaskans

What is like to be an Alaskan? What is like to live in Ketchikan year-round, not just visit in summer? What does it mean an Alaskan? This tour aims to answer those big questions with a walk through the unique sights and sounds, (and maybe even smells!) of Ketchikan's oldest neighborhoods—Downtown and Newtown.

Ketchikan residents may live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, but we also face a large number of unique challenges: we live on an isolated island with less than forty miles of highway. We put up with a near-constant deluge of rain (150-200 inches per year). We have to protect our pets from predators, and our trash from bears. Many of us reach our homes with long staircases, steep driveways, or boardwalk streets. Life here is expensive, but we think being in Alaska is priceless.

We'll explore all these ideas and more during our close-up look at real life in Ketchikan.


We will walk through the Downtown and Newtown neighborhoods, starting with one or the other depending on the starting point of our tour along the cruise ship docks.

Interesting sights along the way include Ketchikan's unique trestle streets, stairways, boardwalks, early-20th-century architecture, float planes, ravens, eagles, favored areas for bears, and much more.

Depending on your interest and the time available, we can also visit the Tongass Historical Museum and nearby Creek Street Historic District.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your cruise ship dock or wherever else is most convenient for you.

End location: I will gladly walk you back to your cruise ship dock, or another nearby location if you prefer.

Duration: 2 hours


We will do everything on foot.

What’s Included

Other: My service as your private guide and entrance fees are included in the price.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 USD - You may need money if you wish to buy a snack, drink, or a souvenir along the way.

What’s Extra

Other: Bring money if you might be interested in shopping for souvenirs at any of the shops we will see along the way.


I currently only offer walking tours because I do not have a vehicle available. I may be able to arrange a driving tour upon request, if I receive enough notice.

Private tour guide Peter

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