"Ketchikan" Alaska Things to Do Tip by apbeaches

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The small town of picturesque fishing town of Ketchikan is at the foot of the Tongass Rainforest. Its historic downtown, wedged between water and forested mountains,and is built into steep hills and partly propped on wooden pilings, with boardwalks, wooden staircases and totem poles dotted throughout. By 1886, white settlers had opened the first of dozens of canneries and Ketchikan was soon to be the salmon capital of the world.

The state's fourth largest city is a strong contender for the nation's wettest; annual precipitation averages 165 inches. The tourist board shrugs it off as liquid sunshine and, indeed, Ketchikan's perennial drizzle and sporadic showers won't spoil your visit to the rainforest.

We visited many attractions: the Totem Bight State Historical Park, Saxman Totem Park and Carving Center, Ketchikan Totem Heritage Center Museum; Tongass Historical Museum; Creek Street Historic District and the infamous Dolly's House.

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  • Written Jul 16, 2008
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