Ketchikan

A scenic fishing village with an intriguing history, strong Native influence, and an artistic soul, Ketchikan is arguably the most captivating Alaskan port of call. Set at the heart of the Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the United States—the town stretches for 31 miles along the coast of Revillagigedo Island on the Inside Passage. The region is home to three tribes of Northwest Coast Indians—the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian—and hand-carved replicas of totem poles dot the city’s parks and streets. Founded as a cannery site in 1885, Ketchikan was once known as the “Canned Salmon Capital of the World.” All five species of wild Pacific salmon still make an annual return from the ocean to the creeks and streams near the town on their way to spawn, attracting an amalgamation of other wildlife species along their journey. With an array of cultural and historical attractions in town and nature’s finest playground as its backyard, Ketchikan offers recreational activities to suit any taste.

Ketchikan

Getting Ashore

Cruise ships dock in downtown Ketchikan, just steps away from many of the town’s attractions and stores.

Fast Fact

Ketchikan is located on the eastern coast of Revillagigedo Island at the heart of the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest.

Port Shopping

Specialty shops, boutiques, and galleries line the streets by the pier. The town has a strong artist community offering authentic Alaskan and Native treasures.

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Ketchikan Creek Waterfall

The panoramic views of downtown are incredible from this lookout spot; stick around and watch the yearly salmon runs.

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Saxman Native Village and Totem Park

Located a few miles south of downtown, Saxman is home to an extensive collection of authentic and replica totem poles, as well as a replica clan house and carving center.

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Misty Fjords National Monument

A 3,570-square-mile wilderness sanctuary within the Tongass that’s replete with astounding sea cliffs, steep fjords, and 3,000-foot-high rock walls jutting out of the water.

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Welcome to Ketchikan

Cruise ships dock in downtown Ketchikan, just steps away from the main attractions and shops. Before heading into town, head to your ship’s upper deck for a fantastic photo op. From the bu...
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Things to do in Ketchikan
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Canned Salmon Capital of the World

The region’s earliest visitors, Tlingit Natives, are said to have set up summer fishing camps along the shores of the creek that runs through the ce...

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Ketchikan’s Native Spirit

Throughout Ketchikan, totem poles abound. The region’s earliest visitors, Tlingit Natives, are said to have set up summer fishing camps along the sh...

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Exploring the Tongass

While there are plenty of places to explore in downtown, the true wonder of Ketchikan is found beyond the town limits. The list of ways to explore the...

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Explore Totem Bight State Park and challenge family and friends to an epic scavenger hunt. Plus, canoe along a mountain lake.

Explore the Alaskan wilderness by sea, then feast on tender Dungeness crab.


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Where
Throughout downtown Ketchikan

What
Native art, Alaskan crafts, canned salmon, furs, and fine jewelry

Currency
U.S. dollars



Brands in Ketchikan

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

Bomberg

Bomberg

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Blue Diamond

Bremont

Bremont

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Diamonds International

Bulgari

Bulgari

Bulova

Bulova

Cartier

Cartier

Chopard

Chopard

Color Diamonds By Effy

Color Diamonds By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Danyal Paraiba

Danyal Paraiba

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Blue Diamond

DiVersa By Effy

DiVersa By Effy

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Effy Jewelry

Divina Yellow Diamonds

Divina Yellow Diamonds

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Milano Diamond Gallery

Ernst Benz

Ernst Benz

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

Fope

Fope

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Monarch Jewels

Forevermark

Forevermark

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Diamonds International

Hearts On Fire

Hearts On Fire

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Hublot

Hublot

Kabana

Kabana

Korite Ammolite

Korite Ammolite

Le Vian

Le Vian

MarahLago Larimar

MarahLago Larimar

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Monarch Jewels

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Movado

Movado

Orocal

Orocal

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

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Blue Diamond

Rebecca

Rebecca

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

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Tanzanite International

Shinola

Shinola

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

TrueLove Diamonds

TrueLove Diamonds

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Blue Diamond

Zenith

Zenith

Did You Know?

All five species of wild Pacific salmon return to the streams and creeks of Ketchikan every year to spawn. Watch the run from the observation deck off Park Avenue above the artificial salmon ladder in Ketchikan Creek.