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Ketchikan Port of Call
Glacier Bay, Alaska © National Park Service
Known as the 'Salmon Capital of the World' and the rainiest town
in southeast Alaska, the port of Ketchikan is named after the
Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. The town boasts the
world's largest collection of standing totem poles, which can be
viewed at the Saxman Village, Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage
Other attractions include The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, Eagle Spirit Gallery, Scanlon Gallery, the Misty Fjords and the WestCoast Cape Fox Lodge where visitors can enjoy spectacular views over the city.
Cruise ships dock in the centre of town but when the port is crowded, ships may be required to anchor in the bay and tender passengers into Ketchikan.
Just outside the dock is a building where tour operators and excursion operators run excursions as well as transport to attractions that are located just outside of the town. Taxis can be easily hailed from the docks. Hourly buses are also available throughout the city, while Air Taxis provide scheduled commuter service, as well as lake trips and charter flights.
There are plenty of wonderful natural and historic attractions in Ketchikan to keep visitors busy, such as Neets Bay in Tongass National Forest, Deer Mountain, Misty Fjords, while culture vultures will love the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, Saxman Village, Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage Center.
Annabelle's Keg and Chowder House - stylish eatery or gastropub for diners to choose from
Pioneer Cafe - classic American diner food
Bar Harbor Restaurant - great seafood eatery
Those with a penchant for shopping should look no further than Creek Street where all the best boutiques and specialist stores can be found. The galleries along Stedman Street, such as Blue Heron, also provide some wonderful shopping opportunities.
A hand-carved totem pole
Visit Neets Bay in Tongass National Forest and watch the Black bears
Go hiking in Deer Mountain
Go deep sea fish
Admire the Misty Fjords by air