Ketchikan, Alaska's first city, boasts stunning natural beauty, rich native heritage, and storied history, offering something for every kind of traveler.

Ketchikan is the rainiest city in the US, so be sure to pack a waterproof jacket and shoes to experience all the best things to do in Ketchikan!

Misty Fjords National Monument

The stunning Misty Fjords comprises two million acres of the Tongass National Forest and are covered in lush green vegetation and towering waterfalls that directly fall into the water.

You can either take a cruise through the fjords, or fly over them via sea plane. Adventurous types can also do a multi-day kayaking trip.

Totem Poles

Totem poles were used by natives to represent and commemorate ancestry, histories, notable people, or significant events.

The nearby Saxman Native Village, Totem Bright State Park, and Potlach Totem Park house an impressive array of poles, but you can also see them just walking around downtown Ketchikan.


Ketchikan is known as the "salmon capital of the world," in reference to its history as a salmon canning town.

Eat the freshest salmon in local restaurants, or pick up some tins as souvenirs. Also check out the salmon ladder in town, or try sportsfishing.

Creek Street

The picturesque wooden boardwalk built over Ketchikan Creek was once the Red Light District of the area. You can see signs of Ketchikan's boisterous past here.

Today, it is home to restaurants, cafes, galleries, shops, and plenty of photo ops. Also check out Dolly's House, a former bordello coverted into a museum.