Tiny but mighty, Ketchikan nestles into the southeast of Alaska. It’s nicknamed the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ for its local fishing industry, making it a prime place to sample everything salmon-related. Ketchikan serves as a convenient gateway into the pristine Alaskan wilderness, allowing you to get out and explore top attractions like Deer Mountain and Misty Fjords on foot or by kayak. Yet there’s plenty to keep you busy in town, whether it’s the colourful clapboard houses of Creek Street, the abundant art galleries downtown, or the Northwest totem poles at the Totem Heritage Centre.
The views are spectacular during a the float plane trip. A truly memorable experience and well worth the money if you are only going to go to Ketchikan.
The charming Alaskan city of Ketchikan faces the Inside Passage. ... Ketchikan is renowned for its many Native America totem poles on display throughout the city.
Home to the salmon farming industry, and has great American-Indian heritage.
In addition to its fishing industry, the logging industry has played an important historic role in Ketchikan’s economy. You can learn more about everything log-related in the fun-filled Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show! From log rolling to axe throwing, there’s some serious skills on show here.
In addition to the Totem Heritage Centre, there are several other small museums worth visiting during your time in Ketchikan. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Centre features a rain forest gallery to teach you more about the local environment, and the Tongass Historical Museum sheds new light on the area’s history.
Creek Street is one of Ketchikan’s most instantly recognisable areas, with a winding boardwalk lined with wooden homes. It used to be the area’s red-light district, but these former brothels now house upscale galleries, quirky bookstores and cosy coffeeshops.
Whether you’re a serious hiker or just enjoy a leisurely nature walk, there are loads of trails to choose from in the Misty Fjords National Monument, Tongass National Forest, and Deer Mountain. One thing to be aware of in these areas is black bears, who enjoy the abundant local salmon as much as we do! It’s recommended to hike in pairs or groups, and make plenty of noise to avoid catching bears off-guard.