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Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska

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Alaskan Itineraries

Ketchikan, Alaska’s “First City,” and self-styled “Salmon Capital of the World,” is more firmly rooted in fishing and logging than its fellow ports of call. Barely beyond the city limits, the Misty Fjords National Monument is a stunning destination for seaplane flights.

Downtown Ketchikan

AMBIENCE

Similar in scale to downtown Juneau, Ketchikan’s downtown is just across the street from the piers. Low-rise brick and wood-frame buildings dominate downtown, houses cling to steep, wooded hillsides, and farther north the waterfront evolves into seafood processing plants and fishing wharfs. Creek Street preserves the city’s red light district, its rickety wood shacks hanging over the creek. The world’s largest collection of standing totem poles is here, brought together from around the area to aid preservation. The town sits on Revillagigedo Island near the south end of Misty Fjords National Monument. Moist, northern rainforest, glacier-polished granite peaks, and rugged shorelines pierced by deep inlets and fjords afford captivating vistas outside of town. Whether the weather in the fjords is wet (most likely) or dry (it can happen), visitors will be captivated.

HISTORY

Tlingit people have fished and dwelled here for thousands of years. Europeans settled in 1883, with fishing and fish processing the first industries. The early 1900s brought both mining and timber to town, and a pulp mill operated until 1997. The city’s most recent mark on history is the now-canceled “Bridge to Nowhere,” which would have connected the communities on the east side of Tongass Narrows to the airport (and nothing else) across the water. How many international airports can only be reached by ferry?

FACTS

Size: 4.1 sq. mi. (8.8 sq. km.) (city) / 1,754 sq. mi. (4,543 sq. km.) (borough)
Climate: Temperate Oceanic Temperatures: 55°F (15°C) to 65°F (18°C)
Population: 7,368/14,070 Busy Season: Summer
Language: English, Tlingit Money: U.S. Dollar ($)
Time Zone: Alaska (Pacific -1) Transportation: Walking, buses, taxi
Phones: Area code 907, dial 911 for emergencies
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