Welcome to the salmon capital of the world! Well-known as a stop for fishermen and tourists alike, Ketchikan offers not only amazing fish, but quintessential Alaskan wilderness too. Heading out from Ketchikan, Misty Fjords National Monument is as Alaskan as it gets, accessible only by float plane or boat. Filled with crystal clear icy blue lakes, tumbling waterfalls, snow-capped mountain peaks and glacial valleys, this is the Alaska you came to see! Keep your cameras at the ready and on the book out for the brown and black bears, Sitka black tailed deer and mountain goats you can find here.
Time your visit right and you will have an opportunity to see black bears at the salmon run in nearby Traitor’s Cove (Margaret Creek). Jump on a floatplane (lots of floatplanes in this part of the world!) and between the end of July and September you can watch as steelhead, coho, sockeye, and pink salmon race upstream and into the waiting paws of the black bears found in this area. As many as 10 have been seen here at one time, so this is the place to be! You’ll walk just over a mile from the floatplane dock to a viewing platform with space for just 14 people, so this truly is bear viewing away from the crowds.