Ketchikan, known as the Salmon capital of the world, is 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 city’s primary industries. Ketchikan Alaska photos here are available as stock photos for commercial licensing or fine art prints for home and office decor.
As a famous tourist town, the historic downtown Ketchikan attracts many visitors from large cruise ships. They patronize local shops, stroll the 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.
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 visitors view totem poles in various locations, including Totem Bight and Saxman Village. Totem poles tell a story. When the owner presents a bar, usually at a potlatch, the figures on the pole help the story be remembered by those present. Saxman Village holds the world’s largest collection of totem poles, and more continue to be caved by Native artists.