Welcome to Ketchikan, Alaska’s Native Cultural Center and Sportfishing Capital! A popular destination along Alaska’s fabled Inside Passage, Ketchikan provides and unforgettable Alaska experience. Spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, thriving Native Culture, world class Sportfishing and the frontier atmosphere of our town will excite you.
Located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, Ketchikan is 685 miles north of Seattle, and 220 miles south of Alaska’s capital city, Juneau. Ketchikan’s mild climate is characterized by annual rainfall averaging 148 inches, keeping our forests lush, water pure and air clean. This vibrant port community of 15,000 year round residents is perched along the shore of the Tongass Narrows at the base of forested mountains. From almost anywhere in the community you can see the water – an integral part of how we live, work and play. Ketchikan’s waterfront is a fascinating mix of commercial and pleasure craft, cruise ships and floatplanes touching down and taking off.
We invite you to enjoy our special part of Alaska. Whether you travel by air or water, you will find modern amenities, irresistible shopping, and our famed Alaskan hospitality when you experience Alaska in Ketchikan.