For me it seems like a house of horrors: all kinds of skulls, heads, skins and pieces of whole or dissected animals ... bears, bison, birds, raccoons, etc ... Honestly, it gave me the creeps, but there were plenty of people buying "souvenirs" of Ketchikan here ...
Creek Street is the street parallel to the water. When the salmon are in season, it's worth visiting, as you might see a seal or sea lion fishing. Plus the wooden pillars by the water are painted in different colors, making it a very picturesque location. I recommend taking the cable car, which costs two dollars, to get to the lodge on the summit.
Although not the cheapest option, a helicopter tour of Skagway with the Temsco Helicopters company is very worthwhile. the staff are professional, and the equipment is in top condition. The helicopter ride is an exciting way to get to the top, with great views of the snow-capped mountains and glaciers. After half an hour, you'll land on the glacier and go for a small tour with the husky dogs. At the camp where Alaskan Huskies - much stronger than their house-pet cousins - every dog has his own kennel with his name outside. There were about 300 all barking at the same time! Bring a camera, warm clothing and suitable footwear and of course, follow the guides' instructions at all times.
Ketchikan is an outdoor lovers delight, but unfortunately the weather doesn't always agree with your plans! If you have time to spare on a rainy day, the Tongass Historical Museum is a small but interesting place to learn a little more about the region.
It won't take you long to see the museum and read all the exhibits (30-60 minutes), but it includes a lot of history, displayed artifacts, and local information. Plus, for Alaska, it's cheap!
If you still have additional time to kill, the Southeast Discovery Center and Totem Heritage Center are both within walking distance and other great ways to learn about the area.
As you walk around Ketchikan, you'll notice a number of totem poles proudly displayed. Some are modern creations; others, restored totem poles that have greater historical significance. Visiting the Totem Heritage Center is a great way to learn about the history, culture, and restoration process that goes into these.
The museum has three main rooms, all of which can be seen in under an hour. A visit gives you a good insight to the totems and shows you what historical totem poles look like before the bright colors are re-painted. I'd recommend a visit on a rainy day or even on a nice day, especially if you're heading to an area such as Totem Bight Park or Saxman Native Village.
The admission charge is a bit steep, but you can save a little by buying a combo ticket if you intend on also visiting the nearby salmon hatchery.