Located on the southwestern side of Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan is Alaska’s second most popular cruise destination. Known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan offers a unique blend of cultural and adventure activities including kayaking the idyllic waters of Misty Fjords and hiking up Deer Mountain. A more relaxing way to spend an afternoon is strolling in and out of the charming local galleries and shops.
- Easy access to several transport services
- Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau
- A range of shopping and dining options
- Free shuttle service during cruise season.
How to Get Around
- 5 minutes to downtown Ketchikan
- 5 minutes to Ketchikan Visitor’s Bureau
- A free shuttle service runs from May to September within the port
- Car rental companies are located in downtown Ketchikan
- Taxi services around town cost $3.50 per mile
- Out of town taxi tours cost $70-$80 per hour
- Currency - the currency in Ketchikan is the US Dollar. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50-cent denominations, as well as one-dollar coins. Notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100-dollar denominations.
- Time Zone - Ketchikan uses Alaska Standard Time (AKST), which is 9 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-9). During Daylight Saving Time (AKDT) it is 8 hours behind (UTC-8).
- Weather - Ketchikan has a mild, humid climate with warm summers and no dry season. Average temperatures range from 18 degrees Celsius in summer (December to February) to 0 degrees Celsius in winter (June to August).
- Creek Street - located along the banks of Ketchikan Creek, the historic Creek Street is built on wooden pilings over the water. Visited by thousands of tourists every year, the boardwalk stretch is home to several restaurants, private dwellings and the iconic Dolly’s House Museum; an bordello-turned-cultural-attraction.
- Totem Heritage Centre - take a step back in time at the Totem Heritage Centre in downtown Ketchikan. The centre is home to a number of historic and preserved totem poles that were collected from abandoned Tlingit and Haida villages in the region. Other exhibits include Alaskan masks, photographs and traditional artwork.
- Misty Fjords National Monument - set across more than 5,500 square kilometres of wilderness, the stunning Misty Fjords National Monument is a must-visit Alaskan attraction. Located between 2 fjords – Behm Canal and Portland Canal – it’s a nature lover’s dream. Tours depart from Ketchikan via high-speed catamaran and seaplane.
- Tongass Historical Museum - explore the history, art and culture of Ketchikan at the Tongass Historical Museum. A variety of permanent and temporary exhibits, programs and events detail the region’s fascinating history over the ages. Discover native Alaskan artifacts, tools and art, and an extensive collection of photographs.