Ketchikan, Alaska


Ketchikan has a population of over 8,000 people and is known as the Salmon Capital of the World. Although the local population is relatively small in comparison with other cities in the United States, it swells in the summertime during the height of the tourist season. Ketchikan is located along the Inside Passage and is a major stop for many cruise lines such as Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Holland American Line and many others.

Traveling to Ketchikan

Ketchikan is the home of the Ketchikan International Airport and can be reached from Seattle, Washington in approximately 90 minutes. There are daily flights by Alaska Airlines to other areas of Alaska such as Juneau, Anchorage and Sitka. There are also floatplanes from some of the areas close to Ketchikan that take-off and land on the water. Ketchikan is also accessible by cruise lines, the Inter-Island ferry service and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Transportation in Ketchikan

While you are visiting Ketchikan there are many convenient modes of transportation to take you around town. Ketchikan provides a Municipal bus service that runs 7 days a week through the major streets of Ketchikan. You can also call a taxi cab or purchase rental car service. In the downtown area you may rent Bicycles and Electric Carts to travel to many popular destinations within town.

Things to do in Ketchikan

Like many areas of Alaska Ketchikan offers outdoor adventure and the opportunity to learn about local culture.

Tongass Historical Museum

In downtown Ketchikan you can visit the Tongass Historical Museum. The museum has collected items and information relevant to the history, art and culture of Ketchikan. There are exhibits, workshops and special events throughout the year. The museum also contains historical archives and a photo collection.

The Totem Heritage Center

You may also be interested in visiting the Totem Heritage Center. The Center was created to protect the 19th century totem poles that are culturally relevant to the Tlingit and Haida villages near Ketchikan. Within the museum there are also other artifacts that have been collected and serve as educational examples of Alaskan culture in the area.

Misty Fjords National Monument

The Misty Fjords National Monument is an area protected by the U.S. Forest Service. This area is called the Yosemite of the North because of geographical similarities. You can get to the Misty Fjords by boat or floatplanes that are offered by Ketchikan tour companies. Once you arrive you will have the opportunity to visit the state parks , beaches and hike to bear viewing areas nearby.

Sport fishing in Ketchikan

If you are visiting the Salmon capital of the World you may want to experience some of the best fishing in Alaska. In addition to Salmon you can catch Halibut, Red Snapper, Rock Cod, Trout and even shrimp and crab. There are resorts and lodges in the area that cater to the anglers in the area. You can book multi-day fishing trips or half or full day trips with the charter operators in the area.

Hotels and Lodging in Ketchikan

Ketchikan has lodging options for every type of traveler. You can find Vacation Rentals, Lodges and Resorts, Bed and Breakfast and of course Hotels and Motels. From the Cape Fox Lodge & Convention Center to the Super 8 Motel the lodging options in Ketchikan range the entire gamut from economy to luxury.

For more information on traveling to Ketchikan visit the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau.

The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau is located at:

131 Front Street
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Phone: 907-225-6166
Toll-Free 800-770-3300

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