Ketchikan / Alaska

Ketchikan / Alaska


Popular cruise destinations along the Alaska Inside Passage include Alaska's capital Juneau, North America's northernmost ice-free deep-water port, Skagway, and the tranquil small town of Ketchikan. The picturesque provincial town with slightly more than 8.200 inhabitants is located not far from the border with Canada on the island of Revillagigedo Island, part of the Tongass National Forest.

Tongass National Forest

Tongass National Forest


Ketchikan is surrounded by abundant fishing grounds. In 1883 the first factory for processing fish, especially wild salmon, was set up in what was then the desert. Further companies were established in the following years. The settlement was officially registered as the first city in Alaska in 1900. Mining and the extraction and processing of timber were added to the fishing industry. The mining industry in particular allowed the place to flourish. However, mining and logging are a thing of the past. Today Ketchikan and its more than 8.000 inhabitants live mainly from fishing and tourism.

Ketchikan's harbor Ketchikan Center

Especially the Alaska summer cruise ship season washes an incredible number of visitors to the city. In September 2017, Ketchikan, Alaska's second largest cruise port, set a new record with one million passengers. On some days up to six ships dock at the long quays of the small town. Its 8.206 inhabitants (US census of July 1, 2016) have to "endure" around 13.000 ship guests on such days. And the success story continues. More than 500 cruise ships are expected in 2018, and there will again be several six calls in one day.

Ketchikan-Creek Street

Ketchikan-Creek Street


Day visitors arriving by cruise ship are offered a lot in addition to the attractive location and the remarkably beautiful landscape. Common leisure activities include fishing, wildlife watching, kayaking, zip-lining, a lumberjack show, and more.

Crab Fisher boat off Ketchikan

Crab Fisher boat off Ketchikan


Under Ketchikan sightseeing we explain what is interesting and what things to do in Ketchikan.

Update April 2021

 

 

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