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Ketchikan

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Ketchikan

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Ketchikan

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Welcome to Ketchikan, AK

Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, steep-as-San Francisco streets, and lush island setting. Some 13,000 people call the town home, and, in summer cruise ships crowd the shoreline, floatplanes depart noisily for Misty Fjords National Monument, and salmon-laden commercial fishing boats motor through Tongass Narrows. In the last decade Ketchikan's rowdy, blue-collar heritage of logging and fishing has been softened by the loss of many timber-industry jobs and the dramatic rise of cruise-ship tourism. With some effort, though, visitors can still glimpse the rugged frontier spirit that once permeated this hardscrabble cannery town. Art lovers should beeline for this town. Ketchikan's arts community is very active. Travelers in search of the perfect piece of Alaska art will find an incredible range of pieces to choose from. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved. Explore

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Get a Taste of History and Nature

Exhibits, films and dioramas at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center interpret local lifestyles and the ecosystem of the lush coastal rain forest.

Get a Taste of History and Nature

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The Wooden Art of Alaskan Native Cultures

The Totem Heritage Center preserves the world’s largest collection of 19th-century totem poles, plus masks, carvings and other evocative works.

The Wooden Art of Alaskan Native Cultures

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‘Eagle Capital of America’

Abundant salmon attract dozens of bald eagles, which nest and feed in the area. Local firms offer special tours to see the majestic birds up close.

‘Eagle Capital of America’

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Marvel at Misty Fjords National Monument

Explore the rain forests, mountains and spectacular fjords of this huge wilderness area on a scenic boat cruise or sightseeing floatplane journey.

Marvel at Misty Fjords National Monument

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Must Reads Before You Go

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Ketchikan Travel Guide

Ketchikan vacation travel guide and tour information including highlights such as Creek Street, Salmon Landing Marketplace and Totem Heritage Center.

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