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Welcome to Ketchikan
Ketchikan’s name comes from the Tlingit word “Kichxaan”. The area’s true first settlers established a summer fish camp along the shores of Ketchikan Creek. In 1900 Ketchikan was incorporated and today 14,000 people live, work and play here.
A scenic town perched along the shores of coastal mountains and surrounded by protected waterways, Ketchikan is a popular cruise destination, as well as a wonderful spot for travelers who want to experience wilderness and adventure. Ketchikan’s nickname, The Salmon Capital of the World comes from its heyday as a salmon canning center. That abundance of salmon continues to provide outstanding sportfishing opportunities for residents and visitors alike.
Native cultural influences continue today- majestic totem poles can be viewed on downtown streets, in local parks and museums. Ketchikan’s geographical location in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, gives the town close to 160 inches of rain every year. Rain, the locals will tell you is why the fishing is unmatched, the wildlife is abundant and why the trees are so green (just try and count how many shades of green you’ll see)!
Visitors will find the people friendly and a multitude of services available to make your trip a memorable one. Fishing lodges, hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals offer a wide variety of accommodation choices. Restaurants, cafes and casual dining spots are sure to entice you with Alaskan seafood and more standard fare. Sightseeing options range from fully guided tours on land, sea and in the air, to do it yourself bike and car rentals. Enjoy the bustle of downtown or retreat to the wilderness. Fill your days with activity or just soak up the fresh air and scenic beauty. The options for planning your dream vacation are as limitless as your imagination!