United States
Creek Street Historic District

Discover travel destinations of travelers writing a travel journal on FindPenguins.
Add to bucket listRemove from bucket list
Travelers at this place
    • Day 3

      Magical things happen to me… II

      July 17, 2022 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

      Zwischen all diesen Talks gab es noch eine besondere Veranstaltung für Gäste, die das erste Mal dabei sind. Also für mich und noch ca. 300 andere.
      Es gab ein Preisausschreiben, aber man musste bis zum Schluss dabei bleiben. Da Amis aber extrem zeitsparend bei sowas sind, war der Schluss nach 20 min erreicht 😂
      Ich bin zu dieser Veranstaltung hingegangen mit dem Mindset, dass ich was gewinne. Eigentlich wollte ich die Cruise. Dann sah ich aber, dass sie den süßen Elch für $25 hatten, um den ich schon die ganze Zeit rumgeschlichen bin. Und so wartet ich, bis mein Name aufgerufen wurde.

      Dann ging die Verlosung los, es gab Bordguthaben-Gutscheine, Spa-Gutscheine, Steakhouse-Gutscheine und meinen zukünftigen Elch. Und einen Gutschein für das Spiel „Deal or no Deal“- den ich gewann! Ich hasse dieses Spiel, damit hätte ich aber die Chance auf die Cruise 😂

      Als ich aufgerufen wurde, als einzige, die alleine in der Kabine war, haben alle geklatscht und der chinesische Gast vor mir hat mir die Hand gegeben und gratuliert 😂

      Ich hatte also diesen Gutschein und wollte meinen Elch. Als die Veranstaltung vorbei war, ging ich zu dem Paar, welchen ihn fälschlicherweise erhalten hat und fragte, ob wir tauschen wollen. Und sie haben sich zögerlich darauf eingelassen!!
      Der Elch wollte zu mir. Elch gegen Cruise sozusagen 😊

      Später fand ich heraus, dass ich mich sogar hochgetauscht hatte 😂 Gutschein $15, Elch $25.
      Manchmal hat man Glück und manchmal haben die anderen Pech.
      Read more

    • Day 8

      Ketchikan - our first stop in Alaska

      August 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      A rainy day today for our first stop in Alaska.
      That didn't stop us and we walked the boardwalk at Creek Street where we watched seals unsuccessfully trying to catch salmon.
      The Lumberjack Show was very entertaining. A little like the Easter Show woodchopping but with lots of water, throwing axes and log rolling and power saws as well.Read more

    • Day 18


      September 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      As expected it’s raining in Ketchikan, oh and a little chilly. We docked at 10am so a leisurely breakfast before we rug up and disembark.
      We’ve booked to see the Lumberjack show. So once we avoid all the puddles and rain we make it to the venue. The show is very entertaining and has us in stitches. There’s hundreds of people in the bleaches so we wait for them to disperse before we leave. Mum starts to chat to the compare and drops the name - Jack O’Toole. For those playing along at home Jack is the Australian champion woodchopper from the 60’s & his son & grandson are champions as well. Jack was Mums Mums cousin....
      Anyway all the Lumberjacks came running over to meet mum because Jack O’Toole’s relative from Australia has come to see their show.
      These men were excited, one even hugged mum he was so excited. They all wanted a photo with mum, YOHO.
      One young man was from Tamworth and was overwhelmed because there was someone from Australia with logging history talking to him.... I’d say he was a little home sick.

      We leave and head down to Creek Street, the famous houses on stilts. There’s too many tourists so we have a quick look then head to the local cafe. I’d looked the cafe up earlier and thought how appropriate and we’ll have to make time to go.
      Pioneer Cafe is significant on two counts in my eyes
      1. It’s a traditional diner and there’s not many of them left
      2. Dad worked for Ansett Pioneer so the last hoora before our trip ends.

      Lachlan can’t get over the fact that the drinks keep getting topped up and it doesn’t cost extra. Tea, coffee & soft drinks that are bottomless.... 😳
      Mum orders “Shrimp & French Fries”. Lachlan an “Alaska Burger & French Fries” & I get a cheese burger with mushrooms & a side of fries. Lachlan’s burger is nearly as big as his head and did an awesome job at eating it. The staff smile every time they walk past. I don’t think they thought he’d finish it.
      We start to wander back to the ship and surprise, surprise the heavens open up. We’d had enough of the tourist shops so the quicker we get back the better. We’re a little wet and one umbrella didn’t survive the wind so that’s been donated to the local rubbish bin.
      Back on the ship to dry out and relax. We sail this afternoon & tomorrow then disembark the day after. Enjoying every moment of this trip.

      Wonder what the poor people are doing 💙
      Read more


      Apart from the rain, and apparently it is nearly always pouring in Ketchikan, it sounds like just a wonderful day. Loved the story with the lumberjacks and the photos with your Mum are lovely. How special was that!! Food looks delicious... and fascinating looking at this special town. Drying off back on board, ready for the evening and more wonderful time sailing... marvellous trip. Keep enjoying xx


      Grandma was definitely in her element there!! She would have loved it!!

    • Day 40


      August 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Ketchikan ist die Lachshauptstadt der Welt, außerdem die erste Stadt in Alaska und der regenreichste Ort in Alaska.
      Am Vormittag nochmal die Natur vorbeigleiten lassen und Anfahrt auf den Hafen vom Helikopterdeck genießen. Dann geht es wieder in die Natur in den Tonga-Regenwald mit Zedern, Western Hemlock, Lachs, Adlern, verschiedenen Vögeln und Schwarzbären. Wir haben sogar eine Bärenmama mit ihrem ca. 5 Monate altem Kind gesehen. Das ist kein Zoo gewesen, auch wenn es sich ein bisschen so angefühlt hat. Am Ende noch ein Sonnenuntergang und springende Fische.Read more

    • Day 20

      Ketchikan, AK

      September 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Have travelled south overnight to the port of Ketchikan for an 11am arrival. It's a much larger town based around the fishing and timber industries as well as tourism. We are the 5th ship in port today and can't dock until after 1:45pm. People who have earlier shore excursions have to use the tenders to go ashore. Ours is this afternoon, so we wait for the docking.

      The port is a hive of activity with float planes and helicopters buzzing between the cruise ships. All manner of sea craft go to and fro on this waterway. Ketchikan gets the most rainfall in Alaska. It is fine and sunny this morning.

      A large portion of the waterfront properties in Ketchikan are built on stilts over the water - there is so little land that can actually be built on as the mountains rise steeply so quickly. Property is quite expensive here in Ketchikan because of this - so little land can be built on. An interesting fact we learn is that homes cannot be accessed by cars.....they are accessed by stairs and elevated timber pathways which are called streets and avenues.
      Read more


      very pretty

    • Day 9

      Cliff Tunnel, Ketchikan

      August 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      The original application to build this tunnel through the cliff failed. During WW2, funding was reapplied for - to build a bomb shelter - and it was granted. The cliff hangs above the water. a tunnel was drilled for vehicles, but water still flows beneath the rock.Read more

    • Day 11

      Ketchikan, The First Town in Alaska

      August 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Arrived in Ketchikan at 7am in the morning and our Airbnb host was at the dock to pick us up which we thought was extremely thoughtful of her. She gave us a running commentary about the history of the town and points of interest all the way to our destination.
      Leaving our bags in Jayne's office as the studio needed to be vacated and cleaned, Jayne dropped us off at the local hotspot for breakfast. We were slowly learning that meal sizes in the US come in two sizes - super-size and massive, so we decided to share a plate of three blueberry pancakes. Big mistake, two pancakes would have been sufficient.
      Breakfast over we hit the streets. The haze was slowly lifting and it promised to be a warm day. Down to the docks to pick up some maps first before we get lost. Ketchikan is a town on the cruise route so luckily their are only 4 berths so at any one time there can only, "only", be four ships in town.
      So our wandering took us down the Main Street, along the docks to the Southeast Alaska Discovery Centre. Crossing over to Creek Street, Jayne called and gave us the all clear to move in. Our little studio is on a pier street. Part of the original town and now heritage listed, the building our studio is part of was a brothel right up to the 1970's when the current owners bought it. It was than their family home where they raised their children. 5 years ago they bought another home and covered their old home into Airbnb appartments. We have an amazing location right on the water and close to everything Ketchikan has to offer. So,moved in we did and once settled we headed out once again. We explored Creek Street, walked the Married Man's Trail to the Salmon Ladder, followed the creek upstream to watch the salmon spawning then onto the Totem Heritage Centre.
      The cruise ships leave late afternoon and Ketchikan chills out. Such a lovely town after the madding crowd has vacated.
      Dinner - chimichangas for two, Ketchikan style.
      Read more

    • Day 5


      May 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      5.30 am alarm and a quick breakfast in the Lido as we docked at the quaint, first frontier, little town of Ketchikan. Ketchikan is known for its rain and it didn't disappoint. Our bus collected us for our trip and we saw bald eagles in the fields en route not a major wild life spot in these parts as there are as many bald eagles as people! We were greeted by our friendly kayak hosts, kitted up and used the rest rooms which were 'rural' with a curtain for a door. The kayak centre was in a rural spot and we were only a small group and it was good to get away from the cruise crowds and sample the delights of rural Alaska. We had a fast zodiac boat ride to the beach were our kayaks were waiting for us. More kitting up and a briefing from our guides Billy and Terry and we were on the water. It was both tranquil and scenic, there was one harbour seal spotted, more eagles and a star fish. We paddled around the remote Tatoosh isands, the water became a little more choppy when we were on the open sea side in the final section of the trip. We had some dry weather but the rain started again as we beached the kayaks and we were very glad of the shelter, home made cookies and hot chococlate. The rain didn't ease as we boarded the zodiac in fact it turned to hail and we were all pretty wet and cold by the time we got back. We boarded the bus and were pleased to be somewhere warm and dry. Once back at the ship we had a quick change of clothes and headed out to 'do' Ketchikan.

      In town first thing on the list was a warm cup of coffee then we started our tour of the town. We visited the compact Whale Park with its Knox Brothers clock and Chief Kyan Totem Pole (Ketchikan is the town with the most totem poles in Alaska), we saw St John's Episcopal Church, Creek Street which was once the rowdy, red light district of town and is home to Dolly's House, Dolly was the town's most successful madam! We of course did a little retail therapy but stayed out of all the diamond and jewels establishments!

      The ship set off around 3 pm, the weather was good so we sat on our balcony to enjoy the scenery and do some wild life spotting, we saw a group of 4 either seals or porpoises. We then went to a entertaining talk called Dreamers, Schemers and Stampeders which highlighted some of the colourful characters who lived here especially in the gold rush era.

      We dined with a couple from San Francisco and two girls from Toronto who were very amusing and entertaining.
      Read more

    • Day 9

      Ketchikan - Early Morning Arrival

      August 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      An early morning arrival sailing through the Tongass Narrows to the Salmon capitol of Alaska. This town is very seasonal with the main industries of fishing and tourism. There are big canneries here for the salmon.
      Ketchikan is on a rocky island and hosts several cruise ships each day. Today we are berthed at a sea mooring and tender into the dock.
      Read more

    • Day 24

      Ketchikan Pt.II

      August 8, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Our second visit to Ketchikan and our final port of call on a miserable, grey and rainy morning - perhaps more typically Alaska than we have experienced! We walked up to Creek Street to see the salmon run again but found it almost empty compared to a week ago with some fish and some seals. So we entertained ourselves instead at the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show - 12 events showcasing different lumberjack skills. Despite seeming a bit corny and very touristy, it was actually huge fun and the guys were very funny. Afterwards, we resumed our brewery tour of Alaska before heading back to the ship for our final day at sea!Read more

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Creek Street Historic District

    Join us:

    FindPenguins for iOSFindPenguins for Android