Hostels in Ketchikan, USA

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Get to know Ketchikan (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Ketchikan. To help you make friends with Ketchikan before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

As many as five massive cruise ships a day can flood Ketchikan, Alaska, with tourists during the summer, but most of the locals are remarkably tolerant of this invasion. Fleets of float planes add to the happy bustle, and keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles. And there are hostels in Ketchikan to give you an inexpensive place to stay during your visit.

Ketchikan, crammed against wooded mountains, is narrow and steep, with some streets giving up and turning into staircases. These are fun to explore, and provide good views of town. Don't miss Creek street, where brothels once flourished and colorful houses still lean crazily over the water.

Salmon swim up the creek late July-August, and in the surrounding wilderness you might also see bears feeding on those salmon. Bear watching tours are expensive, but less so here than some places. You can even kayak to Naha Bay to catch glimpses of the creatures. Whale watching tours are also popular. Hiking is good, one of the best budget activities around.

As a rule, it will rain during your stay, so come prepared, though locals are so used to it that they may laugh if you pull out your umbrella.

From your Ketchikan hostel, you'll be able to walk almost everywhere you want. Free downtown shuttles loop through the main tourist area, and three colored bus lines run through town and out to popular destinations such as Totem Bight State Park, Saxman Village, and the ferry terminal. As with many areas of Southeast Alaska, the only way in or out is by boat or plane, which lends mystery to the place. Eating is expensive, so ask the hostel staff for recommendations, and plan on a few picnics with hostel friends.

Shopping involves a lot of souvenirs for cruise ship passengers, and no one can say it's off the beaten track, but fun little Ketchikan serves as a great base to explore the stunning nature nearby.

Written by local enthusiast for Ketchikan hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Ketchikan hostels Melinda Brasher

FAQ about Ketchikan Hostels

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Your Packing List for Ketchikan

Your Packing List for Ketchikan

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Ketchikan Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Ketchikan, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
8 Average rating of all hostels

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