Top Things To Do In Ketchikan

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Ketchikan

The Salmon Capital Of The World

Ketchikan is known by many as the "first city" because it is the southeastern-most city in Alaska and the first city many people visit when traveling northward from the mainland of the United States.
 
However, Ketchikan's early history is all about fish, specifically salmon. Ketchikan Creek served as a summer fish camp for Tlingit natives for millennia before the town was established by Mike Martin in 1885 who established the first cannery. 
 
Today, world-class commercial and sport fishing is at the heart of Ketchikan industry and visitation. If you're in the mood to catch a big one, you can do it in Ketchikan!

Ketchikan Shopping
 
Ketchikan's prime shopping district is the downtown center near the cruise docks along Front St. between Berths 1 and 4. Home to several high-quality souvenir stores, including the oldest business in Alaska, Tongass Trading Company, this area offers a great selection of local gifts, jewelry, and Native Art, many made by Ketchikan artists.
 
A short 5-10 minute walk from the downtown center is a second shopping opportunity along historic Creek Street, now a historical landmark. The red light district of town until the 1950s, it is fun to walk along the creek, enjoy the historic buildings on stilts, and maybe even spot spawning salmon!

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Ketchikan Activities
 
There is so much to see and do in Ketchikan it may be hard to decide. History buffs will have a great time exploring the Native tradition of the region at Saxman Village or Totem Bight State Historical Park, with the great display of totem poles, clan houses, and even a carving shed.
 
Wildlife enthusiasts will have fun visiting off-the-beaten-path areas to see bears in their natural habitat or boat or flight see over the majestic and breathtaking Misty Fjords National Monument. And, if you came to Alaska to fish, Ketchikan is without a doubt one of the best places to put your line in the water. 

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Ketchikan Restaurants
 
Ketchikan is a city proud of its seafood. Professional fishermen and fisherwomen are often seen bringing in their catch for a fresh-off-the-boat meal and even locals will take the day off when the weather is just right and fishing season kicks into high gear. 
 
Anything "Alaska seafood" on the menu in Ketchikan is sure to hit the spot. Look for salmon, halibut, and king crab options often served as fresh fillets or in soups, salads, or mixed with other ingredients.

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About Ketchikan
 
From a strong history of Native culture and living to the rise of the timber and fishing industries, to present day tourism and wildlife viewing, Ketchikan has a remarkable diversity of influences shaping its present-day community and environment.
 
Learn about the significance of the Cape Fox Tlingits in the Ketchikan area, the proud history of flying and aviation that defined the Alaskan aviation community for many decades, and the wonderful diversity of artists that call Ketchikan home today.

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