Off the Beaten Path Ketchikan Photo Safari - 3 hr.

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Ketchikan, US
5 (622)
Ketchikan, US
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Experience the beauty of Ketchikan, Alaska like never before with the Photo Safari tour. Step off the tourist beaten path and immerse yourself in the rich history, culture, and natural attractions of the area. Whether you're a cell phone photographer, point'n'shoot enthusiast, or DSLR user, this tour offers advanced and basic photographic instruction for all levels. Capture iconic photographs at 7 or 8 different locations, each offering unique photo opportunities and teaching moments. Learn techniques such as composition, exposure, subject identification, and more. Along the way, hear stories about the local culture, history, economy, and lifestyles. Indulge in gourmet coffee and cookies at the Green Bean Coffee Company and explore attractions like totem carvings, a Native Clan House, and Russian Museum. With expert guidance, breathtaking landscapes, and an unforgettable experience, the Photo Safari is a must for every traveler. Book now and embark on a journey of discovery and creativity in Ketchikan.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-9 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Explore the Historic Red Light District with abundant photo opportunities
  • Capture the beauty of FLOWING WATERS WILDERNESS site
  • Experience the rich Native culture at the Totem site
  • Photograph boats, eagles, whales, and more at multiple locations
  • Enjoy delicious coffee and cookies at the Green Bean Coffee Company
  • This is a great historic and cultural tour with or without a camera:)

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of Ketchikan, Alaska, on a thrilling Photo Safari tour. This unique experience will take you off the beaten path, allowing you to capture iconic photographs of historical, cultural, and natural attractions. Whether you are an amateur or a professional photographer, we offer advanced and basic photographic instruction for cell phone, point'n'shoot, and DSLR camera users. This tour is designed to provide you with unforgettable photo opportunities while also enhancing your photography skills.

What to expect?

During this 3-hour tour, you can expect to visit 7 or 8 different locations in the Ketchikan area, each offering its own unique photo and teaching opportunities. From the Historic Red Light District to FLOWING WATERS WILDERNESS, totems, native carvings, and breathtaking ocean panoramas, every stop provides a chance to capture stunning images. Our knowledgeable guide will share stories and information about the local culture, history, economy, and lifestyles, adding depth and context to your experience.

Who is this for?

This Photo Safari tour is perfect for anyone with a passion for photography and a desire to explore Ketchikan's hidden gems. Whether you're a seasoned photographer looking to expand your portfolio or a hobbyist wanting to learn new skills, this tour caters to all skill levels. No matter what type of camera you have, whether it's a cell phone, point'n'shoot, or DSLR, you'll receive valuable instruction to improve your composition, exposure, and subject identification techniques.

Why book this?

Embark on this Photo Safari tour and unlock the secrets of Ketchikan's most photogenic locations. With a maximum group size of 9, you'll enjoy a personalized experience, receiving individual attention and guidance from our experienced guide. Not only will you capture stunning images, but you'll also gain insight into the local culture and history. This tour offers a unique blend of education, adventure, and unforgettable photo opportunities, ensuring an enriching and rewarding experience.

Good to know

As you embark on this tour, be prepared to be amazed by the diverse landscapes and attractions Ketchikan has to offer. Remember to bring your camera and any equipment you may need to capture the perfect shot. Our guide will provide you with valuable photography tips and techniques for both DSLR and cell phone users. Don't forget to indulge in a gourmet coffee and delicious cookies from the Green Bean Coffee Company, providing you with the fuel to capture incredible memories.


Customers rave about their experience on the Photo Safari tour. They appreciate the knowledgeable and friendly guide who shares captivating stories about the local culture and history. Many reviewers mention that their photography skills significantly improved due to the helpful instruction provided throughout the tour. Customers also praise the stunning locations and unique opportunities to capture iconic photographs. Overall, this tour receives high praise for its educational and immersive nature, making it a must-do activity for any photography enthusiast visiting Ketchikan.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Creek Street

The Historic Red Light District where men and salmon go to spawn, now home to a variety of shops & attractions and abundant photo opportunities. Hear stories and information about local culture, history, economy & lifestyles as you travel from site to site.

Totem Heritage Center

This site has totems, native carvings, informative kiosks, ancient poles and the opportunity to hear the legend of Fog Woman. Hear stories and information about local culture, history, economy & lifestyles as you travel from site to site.

Ketchikan Harbor

Boats, Eagles, Whales, Salmon, Harbor Seals, Totems, Panoramas etc. We conduct our tours over a set route of 7 or 8 different locations / each location offering unique photo, AND teaching opportunities. Although a majority of our photography instruction is equally applicable to BOTH cell phones, point’n'shoots and DSLR cameras, some of our instruction is specific to DSLR users. Photo techniques taught for BOTH DSLR & cell phone & point’n’shoots include: composition, subject identity, subject proximity, subject balance, exposure, cropping, angle of approach, light compensation, macro photography... Photo techniques specific to DSLR (and some point’n’shoots) include: depth of field, F-stop settings, aperture, ISO settings, exposure triangle, shutter speeds… We always leave some time for questions (max group size is 9)…….. So IF you have specific questions re her DSLR camera please ask. I hope this description is helpful to you and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Admission Included

Ward Cove

(Pass by)

We stop in the Ward Cove area at the Green Bean Coffee Company and pick up gourmet coffee and cookies for everyone. Hear stories and information about local culture, history, economy & lifestyles as you travel from site to site.

Potlatch Totem Park

This site offers a variety of attractions including a totem carving building, a traditional Native Clan House, dugout canoe, a gift shop, antique cars and a Russian Museum. Hear stories and information about local culture, history, economy & lifestyles as you travel from site to site. Enjoy your fresh roasted coffee and gourmet cookie at this site.


OCEAN PANORAMA SITE: Count ten islands from this site that also includes an Alaskan float plane dock and views of both The Cleaveland Peninsula Wilderness Area and Prince of Whales Island. Hear stories and information about local culture, history, economy & lifestyles as you travel from site to site.

Carlanna Lake

CARLANNA CREEK WATERFALLS is where we go for the waterfall magic photo op. Hear stories and information about local culture, history, economy & lifestyles as you travel from site to site.


As you reenter the Port of Ketchikan you can be dropped off at your cruise ship OR at a shopping/dinning location of your choice. Hear stories and information about local culture, history, economy & lifestyles as you travel from site to site. AND please make any GRATUITY commensurate with the (hopefully) high level of service that you have received. All Ward Cove passengers can be returned to Ward cove OR be left at a shopping/dinning location of your choice.



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Randy was a great tour guide. We were able to see areas of the city through a new, shall I say, lens. The tour was informative, both about the city and about photography. If you want to see a different side of Ketchikan, book this tour. Walking is minimal, snacks are provided, and a good time will be had by all. All levels of photographers are welcome!


Great tour. Randy was very knowledgeable about Ketchikan history and helpful in getting photo shots that really captured the essence of Ketchikan.


Mikkie was fabulous! I she was awesome, I hope to ride along with her again! I really appreciate the tour and all the information.


Randy was an amazing guide. Not only did he know Great places to go, but he also was extremely knowledgeable about local nature and history. His knowledge of photography helped me with both my composition and technique. This was truly a worthwhile Ketchikan excursion!


This was one of the best tours we took on our recent Alaskan Adventure! We saw Ketchikan in a whole new and wonderful way. And learned some phone photo tips for the iPhone to boot. The company is awesome as is its owner and his passion for bringing joy to his tours. And the cookies he provided weren't bad either.


What an amazing tour. It was a rainy day but Brock was so knowledgeable and answered all our questions and made our trip enjoyable and well worth the time we spent on this tour. There was no question we asked that he did not know the answer to. I f you are interested in learning the history of Ketchikan and taking breath taking pictures this tour is a must.


This was one of my favorite experiences I did on my Alaska cruise. Randy was a phenomenal tour guide and also gave us some awesome photography pointers. We had a blast exploring Ketchikan.


If you are visiting Ketchikan you must take this tour with Randy! Group size is small and Randy makes it a personal tour making sure everyone knows how to improve there ability to take great photos. Randy made this tour one of the best experiences we had while in Alaska!


A great tour for those who want to learn a little about Ketchikan, and to improve their photography skills. Thanks to Mickey who helped us out that day. 👍


Mikki was wonderful. Not only did she take us all over beautiful Ketchikan for some amazing photos, but she was extremely knowledgeable about both photography and the history of Ketchikan. She taught us multiple very simple techniques that can even be used with a simple smart phone that I will now use constantly.
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