Experience authentic native culture surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty

A drizzly little city bordered by the Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan was once a native fishing village that has evolved and grown through its years in the logging and salmon canning industries.

Surrounded by lakes, rivers, and streams, the “Salmon Capital of the World” is an angler’s paradise. Cast a line on your own, or hop on a charter to reel in salmon, halibut, red snapper, even trout. Keep an eye out for Ketchikan’s other marine residents, which include orca and humpback whales, sea lions, seals, otters, and porpoises. Zipline between cedars over a lush forest of Sitka spruce, hike Married Man’s Trail to surrounding waterfalls, kayak the twist of waterways along the Misty Fjords, or board a seaplane for a bird’s eye view of it all.

The city’s downtown is built around a network of waterways and includes the infamous Creek Street. Once a red-light district during the area’s logging days, this waterfront promenade built high on pilings is now a bustling commercial area filled with quaint restaurants, bars, gift shops, and incredible scenic views. Home to 350 registered artists—including many native Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian artists—Ketchikan also boasts a number of galleries. Visit the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles at the Totem Heritage Center, or immerse yourself in native culture and art at the Saxman Native Village Totem Park. After an exciting day of taking in Ketchikan’s beauty, head back to the boardwalk, grab a beverage and catch some live music.

Misty Fjords National Monument

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Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument

A 2.3-million-acre swath of the Tongass National Forest, “the Mistys” feature a visual feast of sea cliffs and dramatic fjords that rise 3,000 feet out of the waters below. A mild, often misty, climate characterizes this area and has endowed it with a lush, verdant rainforest that covers every surface from water’s edge to mountain peaks. Visitors can see waterfalls, a variety of plant and wildlife, and the Behm Canal—one of the longest natural canals in the world.

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

This 40-acre rainforest reserve showcases the unique ecosystem of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Visitors can see black bears, wolves, mountain goats, Sitka deer, bald eagles, and over 100 species of migrating birds. The park is also home to the Alaska Raptor Center, a rehabilitation center and permanent home for eagles, owls, and other raptors that can no longer return to the wild.

Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

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Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's Tour

Set out on the Aleutian Ballad, featured of the Discovery Channel series “Deadliest Catch,” to try your hand at crabbing for Alaska Snow Crab in the Bering Sea. Using both long lines and crab pots, you’ll have the chance to reel in some of the state’s best catches, while also stealing a glimpse of other wildlife, including the majestic bald eagle.

Ketchikan, Alaska At a glance

Current Weather:
8°C / 47 °F
Current Time:
12:49:11 pm2018/11/18 12:49:11 pm
Sunday, November 18
UTC/GMT -09:00
US Dollar
Exchange Rates:
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  • 0.86
  • 64.59
  • 3.28
  • 19.15
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Local Details:
GPS: 55°20'55.27"N 131°40'23.53"W
Size: 15.30 KM2 (5.91 MI2)
Population: 8,050
Density: 526 Pop/KM2 (203 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +1 (local dialing 907)

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