Ketchikan is often referred to as the Salmon Capital of the World, with the fishing industry being key to the economy of a town that dates back to the early 1900s.
Over the years, tourism has also become increasingly important and modern0-day Ketichikan has become one of the key ports of call for the many cruise ships that travel up the Alaskan coastline every year.
Although relatively small compared to some of the other cities that will be encountered on an Alaskan cruise, Ketchikan is packed with plenty to see and do during your time ashore.
If you are a fan of the great outdoors, then you will be left feeling particularly spoiled, with the surrounding area offering the chance to sample a range of different activities.
These activities range from kayaking and hiking to more action-packed activities such as ziplining through the trees – whilst there is no surprise in the fact that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try a spot of fishing.
Within easy reach of Ketchikan, you can spend some time exploring the scenic delights of Misty Fjord, where lovers of wildlife can see a range of species both on land and in the surrounding water.
Anyone with a wish to explore some Alaskan culture will also be able to visit the world’s oldest collection of totem polls as well as replicas of buildings that date back to the 19th century.
Creek Street is also a must, with the historic boardwalk area that was once the Red Light District having been transformed into an area packed with small boutique stores and galleries.
Despite the small size of the city, Ketchikan is home to a wide range of restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat – with fresh seafood being a specialty.
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