|Preparation For Your Trip
Getting to Ketchikan
Alaska Marine Highway
Preparing for Your Adventure
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
USDA Forest Service
Reserve USA Cabin Rental
The Beautiful Best Western Landing Hotel is located right across the street from Alaska Marine Highway Terminal and is directly across the beautiful Tongass Narrows from the Ketchikan International Airport. We’re your first stop should you be flying in or arriving by ferry.
All of our 107 rooms and suites are exceedingly large and comfortable ranging from standard queens, kings, and double queens with seating areas to mini suites, two room suites and rooms with balcony’s and fireplaces. All of our rooms have microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons & ironing boards and free high speed internet access.
Let our courtesy shuttle van take you to any destination with in city limits at your convenience any time from 6 am to 10pm or enjoy one of our Alaskan Seafood items in either of our two restaurants on property; opening as early as 6 am and closing as late as 11pm.
Ketchikan, Alaska’s Black Bear Inn is perfectly located on the waterfront just four miles north of the heart of town and midway between the area’s most popular attractions. Completed in 2007, this Elegant Bed and Breakfast and Luxury Vacation Rental was designed for guest’s privacy and relaxation. Its unique furnishings, tasteful decor and numerous amenities can only be matched by the finest of hotels.
All of the Black Bear Inn’s rooms have stunning views of the Tongass Narrows. Alaska’s best artists are featured throughout the Inn. Sirius satellite surround sound greets the guests upon arrival and free high speed Wireless Internet is available everywhere on the property.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Choose Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary? Ketchikan’s only private adventure and wildlife sanctuary! ARS is one of the few operators of its kind endorsed and supported by all major cruise lines that call to port. We have consistently received superior quality ratings both internally and on board cruise ships. ARS offers you tours of a historic sawmill, the opportunity to watch a Master Native Totem Carver at work, and enjoy an active Eagle center after a pleasant interpretative walk through the rainforest. ARS has the best that Southeast Alaska has to offer, all in one location!
Should I book a tour through my cruise ship
or through you directly? As
a visitor to Ketchikan, you have the choice to pre-book with the cruise line or shop
Because port time and tour space is limited, it is suggested that tours be booked through the cruise line to guarantee pre-defined tour times that best suit your port schedule.
We are a vendor with cruise lines and can assist you in
our tours that is offered aboard your ship.
When is the best time
to visit and will it be cold? Most visitors come
by cruise ship between May and September. Below you will find a chart
depicting the average temperatures on a typical cruise route (north
to south). However, Ketchikan offers year round activities for all
What is the weather usually like
in Ketchikan? The
weather is temperate and it can rain on average 13.5 feet annually. Average
temperatures can range between 51 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer
Is Ketchikan located
on an island? Ketchikan resides
on Revillagigedo Island in the Alexander Archipelago of southern Southeast
named after a Viceroy of New Spain. It is approximately 1120 square miles,
55 miles long and 35 miles wide.
At what sea level does
Ketchikan reside at? Like many Southeast Alaska communities, Ketchikan
is located at sea level and experiences a wide tidal range. The tides
fluctuate from -4.2 to 20.6
feet and change from high to low every 6 hours.
What clothes should
I pack? It is always wise to be
able to dress in layers with a waterproof outwear. Depending on your
need to bring a couple of choices for footwear, including one that
is water repellent or resistant.
Is it always light in
Alaska? There is a substantial difference in the amount of sunlight between the summer and the winter months.
are average daylight hours in Ketchikan throughout the year:
When is the best time
to see bears in the wild? Bears
congregate in specific viewing areas as early as July and as late as mid-September.
on salmon spawning or preparing to spawn in streams.
Do I need a passport
to go to Alaska? Although Alaska
resides in the United States, if you are cruising here, some
portions of travel
require a passport. Be sure to identify all points along your vacation
to ensure you do or do not need a passport to participate.
What is the local currency? All local businesses accept
US currency. Many banks can exchange foreign currency for visitors.