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.
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.
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 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.