A couple weeks ago I shared aur awesome experience Cruising Alaska with Princess Cruises and today I wanted to share one of athe mazing ports we stopped at along the way, Ketchican.
Ketchican, Alaska was the first stop we made on our trip and was absolutely beautiful. Pulling into the port, we had an gorgeous view of the small quaint town with rustic buildings all along the shoreline. We could have spent all day just walking, shopping and enjoying everything the town had to offer!
We had an awesome excursion planned though that was full of all you can eat fresh crab and a floatplane ride. As we were coming into the port, we were able to watch planes landing and taking off, it really got us excited about our upcoming day.
To be completely honest, I was scared to death to fly on a floatplane but because I was with my hubby and another blogger friend, I decided to suck it up and give it a try. I’m so glad that I did because it was the most beautiful views I had ever seen. The plane ride was super smooth and uneventful too! If you ever have the chance to experience this, I would highly recommend it!
Information about Misty Fjords National Monument (from Princess Cruises)
Set aside as a fully protected wilderness area in 1978, Misty Fjords National Monument encompasses more than two million acres. Discover on this once-in-a-lifetime flight, breathtaking 1000-foot cascading waterfalls, glistening lakes and low-hanging mists on your flight from the Tongass Narrows over the volcanic Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords. Then marvel at the sheer walls of granite plunging over 3,000 feet into the fjords and the lush forests of spruce, hemlock and cedar clinging to snowcapped peaks, set in this land of incredible natural beauty and rugged grandeur.
This excursion also had an all you can eat Dungeness Crab Leg feast! To be completely honest again, this was the entire reason I wanted to go on this excursion. You only have to mention crab legs once for me to jump on board!
The Dungeness Crab Leg Feast was the absolute best crab that I have ever had, it was so fresh and delicious. I will never be able to enjoy crab again here in Iowa after having such an amazing meal!
Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City” because it’s the first major community travelers come to as they journey north. Located on an island, Ketchikan began life as an Indian fishing camp. The name Ketchikan comes from a Tlingit phrase that means “eagle with spread-out wings,” a reference to a waterfall near town.
Visitors to Ketchikan will be intrigued by its rich Native heritage, which includes the world’s oldest collection of totem poles at Totem Heritage Center. The Haida, Tlingit and Tsimshian are all a part of the city’s colorful history. Ketchikan, with its abundance of salmon, is also a sportfishing paradise. Sightseers will be impressed with both the scenic town and its surroundings, especially Misty Fjords National Monument.
We loved this stop – the town was beautiful and welcoming, the sights amazing, and the food beyond delicious!