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Ketchikan Introduction


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Ketchikan, Alaska, is the site of an ancient Tlingit fish camp and was a supply town during the gold rush. Ketchikan is about 3 mi/5 km long but only a couple of blocks deep. Located on the southwest shore of Revillagigedo Island, it's the first port of call into Alaska, hence its nickname, The First City.   Click here to see the full Ketchikan travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ketchikan Geography


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Ketchikan is only accessible by air or water. It is located on Revillagigedo Island, in the heart of the 17-million-acre/6.9-million-hectare Tongass National Forest. The city sits at the base of Deer Mountain and its downtown in on the Tongass Narrows waterway. Behm Canal encircles most of the island.  Click here to see the full Ketchikan travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ketchikan History


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For generations, the proud and resourceful Tlingit and Haida tribes spent the summer months near where Ketchikan now stands. They caught salmon in the rivers and creeks, and hunted bear and deer. There is almost no evidence of the Tlingit and Haida being whalers.   Click here to see the full Ketchikan travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ketchikan Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Stop by the visitors center on the dock to pick up the Historic Ketchikan walking-tour map and guide to area attractions. The 2-mi/3-km tour is an excellent way to see many of Ketchikan's sights. Even if you stray from the map, don't worry: The town isn't big enough to get lost in. The city has also put up signage to make it even easier for visitors to find sites of interest and then return to the docks.  Click here to see the full Ketchikan travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ketchikan Nightlife


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Ketchikan once had more than a dozen bars in its downtown area alone. Most were kept going by the large numbers of fishermen and loggers in town during the summer. But with those industries in decline and tourism growing, economics have driven most of the bars out. There are still a few longtime bars left, such as the Arctic Bar in Newtown, but Ketchikan's days as the nightlife capital of Alaska are gone.  Click here to see the full Ketchikan travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ketchikan Restaurants & Dining


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As would be expected, king crab, salmon and halibut are Ketchikan's seafood specialties, and they're always fresh. You can also find home-style chowders, cannery bread, wraps and great cheeseburgers. Most of the popular restaurants are within walking distance of downtown.  Click here to see the full Ketchikan travel guide on Travel42 »

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