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Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is famously known as Alaska’s “first city” considering that this is the first stop or destination when cruising towards the northern part of Alaska. This is located at the southern tip and the gateway for introducing the beauty of Alaska to many visitors flocking this scenic state.

Ketchikan is a charming city in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and lies in the southeastern most part of Alaska. With just over 8,000 residents within the city is now the fifth most inhabited city in the Alaskan state. This charming area thinly stretches to several miles long and not more than 10 blocks wide, filled with distinct Alaskan character and wonderful adventures through breathtaking sceneries awaits all travelers to his exciting destination.

Best Times to Visit Ketchikan

Ketchikan is a year round destination in Alaska, considering the yearly rainfall in this vast state. This quaint city has moderate weather which is very ideal for many visitors. With exceptional weather conditions here, expect to have warmer winters with 29 to 39 degrees temperature, cooler summer temperature ranging from 51 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit and the usual occurrence of rainfall. Ketchikan is one of the rainiest places in the USA that receives 152 inches of rainfall each year. On an average year it will mostly rain for 200 days so better have your own rain gear and prepare to explore the area in rainy weather condition. While during winter, snowfall can get as high as 32 inches deep.

If possible avoid visiting Ketchikan on Thursdays, during this day main cruise ships stop over bringing a hoard of passengers by the thousands, crowding the whole town all at once. Soon enough after September 15 cruise crowds will diminish and the normal charms of this town are back again.

Things to Do and Places to Visits in Ketchikan

Ketchikan is a beautiful community that is located along the Alaskan Inside Passage shores right in the middle of the 16 million acre majestic Tongass National Forest. With abundant rainfall, lush evergreen forests are rising out of sparkling Tongass Narrows water. With three islands namely Gravina, Revillagigedo and Pennock all accessible via ferry boats across the mighty Tongass Narrows.

You’ll find exceptional things to do in Ketchikan with breathtaking views of scenic nature. The main commercial district is at the downtown area that has two expansive harbors, cruise ships dock here while many main attractions are truly accessible from here.

  • STROLL ALONG THE HISTORIC CREEK STREET - In 1953 this area are filled with bordellos or brothels to accommodate weary fishermen and loggers. But today, the activities changed for the better with the well-preserved 30 plus year old wooden houses on stilts are now transformed to many interesting local shops, art galleries and great restaurants that are truly worth visiting. Drop by the Dolly’s House Museum in one of the oldest establishments here where it is still situated in the 1920’s old structure. It is interesting to see the old preserved interior of this Ketchikan’s famous “madam” home. Walking along the historic Creek Street will let you experience Ketchikan’s downtown old charms.

  • VIEW FANTASTIC WILDLIFE at the DEER MOUNTAIN HATCHERY and EAGLE CENTER - The Deer Mountain Hatchery and Eagle Center is an amazing area to visit for true blue nature lover with its scenic location on the Ketchikan Creek. You can explore the beauty of nature by walking the 3 mile trail that will start near the city center. This will give you access to the alpine wildlife above timberline and scenic views of the town. This nature conservatory center was established in 1954 and managed by the Ketchikan Indian Community. This place is an eagle sanctuary that takes care of injured eagles and other magnificent birds for rehabilitation and conservation. While the salmon hatchery releases 300,000 salmon fingerlings annually. Guided tours are available for visitors and the center is open from late April until middle of September. Take time also to visit the Totem Heritage Center it is one of the best Ketchikan attractions just across the creek to view its 19th century Totem pole collection salvaged from abandoned native villages and currently listed on the National Historic Register as cultural treasures.

  • FLY or CRUISE YOUR WAY TO MISTY FJORDS for SPECTACULAR SCENERY - Misty Fiords National Monument is an unspoiled natural masterpiece that took seven thousand years to build. Long time ago the whole area is covered entirely in ice and through powerful glacier action comes out its current breathtaking landscape with long saltwater inlets edged in between majestic 3,000 foot high cliffs- a rare sight to behold! Be mystified amidst scenic misty mountains, sparkling blue lakes, glorious tidewater inlets and the endless view of evergreen lush forest can truly be an amazing experience of your Ketchikan tours. What makes this natural wonder truly special is the absence of roadways- you can only access Misty Fjords via boat or floatplane. Cruising your way to Misty Fjords is just 2 to 3 hours of scenic boat ride and by plane you’ll get here in just 35 minutes.

  • TRY SPORTSFISHING at the SLAMON CAPITAL of the WORLD - Hoards of migrating salmons run from the open ocean near Prince of Wales Island, and into the protected waters of the Ketchikan Creek making this an amazing area for sports fishing. That is why Tlingit natives had chosen this location as their summer fish camp. In 1900 Ketchikan is an established commercial fishing area that paved the way to the construction of major salmon canneries and now famously known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Fishing enthusiasts from all over the world gather around here to get the best catch of salmons along with other fish variety like red snapper, halibut, cod and even shrimps and crabs. There are available cabin and lodging facilities around the area that can provide various accommodation options.

Best Places to Stay in Ketchikan

Ketchikan having a good location and the premiere gateway to the Alaskan Inside Passage with cruise ships visiting the area had paved the way for the construction of good quality hotels and cozy lodges. These various types of accommodations are conveniently situated within Ketchikan and near attractions.

  • The New York Hotel - this is not your typical posh New York hotel but has its own rustic old charm that date backs during its construction in 1925. Considered as part of the historical Creek Street, this old hotel was fully renovated with updated amenities that will allure modern day travelers. The antique feel of each room was lovingly restored but with the addition of modern amenities. Great location just right on the Creek Street, spacious rooms and has the historical ambience that you will love.

  • Black Bear Inn - is Alaska’s premier luxury vacation rental but truly affordable with accommodations great for families and romantic couples. Elegant country home styled décor filled each room with amenities that can match five star hotels. Excellent service and with the stunning Tongass Narrows view in each room.

  • Waterfall Resort Alaska - if fishing is your main point of interest in traveling to Ketchikan then head to Waterfall Resort. Ideally located near the salmon and halibut fishing area can be your great vacation escape with scenic views and pristine surroundings. Great service and great food.

GREAT PLACES TO DINE IN KETCHIKAN

Ketchikan offers visitors great places to dine for fresh catch of the day to amazing culinary masterpieces. Sample Ketchikan cuisine through local eateries and restaurants that feature the very famous Wild Alaska seafood bounty.

  • Alaska Surf Restaurant - great restaurant for casual dining with exceptional array of fish and chips, and clam chowders. Freshly caught Alaskan fish, fried to golden perfection is the usual favorite among locals and visitors. Very affordable and great location.

  • Alaska Fish House - if you are longing to sample the freshest seafood in Alaska it’s a definite must that you dine here. Great tasting fish sandwiches that matches perfectly with the best chowder in town. Great food at affordable prices.

  • Ocean View Restorante - offers both Italian and Mexican cuisines that feature the best margarita drink in Ketchikan. Good food, great ambience with live music that has an amazing view of the Tongass Narrows.

Ketchikan, Alaska is a charming little town that offers the best natural landscape which nature can only provide. Great friendly people and exceptional scenic views can definitely be your worthwhile and memorable vacation trip.

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