Ketchikan Alaska

Welcome to Ketchikan sign, downtown, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Welcome to Ketchikan sign, downtown, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Ketchikan, known as the Salmon capital of the world, is situated five hundred miles north of Seattle. The population of Ketchikan is approximately 8,000 people. The coast mountain range separates the city from the mainland, and its maritime climate is known for abundant rainfall (averaging 150+ inches a year). Tourism and fishing are the cities main industries. All of the Ketchikan Alaska photos here are available as stock photos for commercial licensing or as fine art prints for home and office decor.

Ketchikan Alaska photos: Welcome to Ketchikan sign, downtown, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Welcome to Ketchikan sign, downtown, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Downtown Ketchikan

As a popular tourist town, historic downtown Ketchikan attracts many visitors from large cruise ships. They patronize local shops, stroll famous Creek Street, visit dolly’s house museum, the Tongass Historical Museum, the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and more. Those visiting for a longer time may travel to surrounding areas to visit Misty Fjords National Monument or one of many bear viewing areas.

Ketchikan Alaska photos: Horse drawn carriage takes tourists around the famous Creek Street in downtown Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Horse-drawn carriage takes tourists around the famous Creek Street in downtown Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Famous Creek Street in downtown Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Famous Creek Street in downtown Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ketchikan Alaska photos: Famous Creek Street in downtown Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Famous Creek Street in downtown Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Evening sun on fishing boats in Ketchikan harbor, Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Evening sun on fishing boats in Ketchikan harbor, Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ketchikan Alaska photos: Overview of downtown Ketchikan, Pennock Island, and the Tongass Narrows. Cruise ship departs to the southeast. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Overview of downtown Ketchikan, Pennock Island, and the Tongass Narrows. Cruise ship departs to the southeast. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Fishermen mend net on the Cheyrl Ann, Thomas Basin harbor, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Fishermen mend net on the Cheyrl Ann, Thomas Basin Harbor, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Popular cruise ship destination

Ketchikan is the “first city,” along the Inside Passage and serves as the first port of call for many cruise ships visiting the state.

Ketchikan Alaska photos: Cruise ship in Tongass Narrows and the town of Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. Ketchikan International Airport (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Cruise ship in Tongass Narrows and the town of Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. Ketchikan International Airport (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ketchikan Alaska photos: Tourists board float planes for flightseeing near the Ketchikan area, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Tourists board float planes for flightseeing near the Ketchikan area, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Totem poles

Ketchikan visitors view totem poles in a variety of locations including Totem Bight and Saxman Village. Totem poles tell a story. When the owner presents a pole, usually at a potlatch, the figures on the pole help the story be remembered by those present. Saxman Village holds the largest collection of totem poles in the world, and more continue to be caved by Native artists.

Saxman Village holds the largest collection of totem poles in the world, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Saxman Village holds the largest collection of totem poles in the world, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ketchikan Alaska photos: Clan house a the Totem Bight State Historical Site, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Clan house a the Totem Bight State Historical Site, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Totem Bight State Historical Site, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Totem Bight State Historical Site, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Ketchikan Alaska photos: Saxman Village holds the largest collection of totem poles in the world, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Saxman Village holds the largest collection of totem poles in the world, Ketchikan, Alaska. (Patrick J. Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)


Sunset along the shore of Revillagigedo Island, near Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

Sunset along the shore of Revillagigedo Island, near Ketchikan, southeast, Alaska. (Patrick J Endres / AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com)

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