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About Ketchikan, AK
For fans of fresh air and beautiful natural vistas, Alaska is an essential destination. When you arrive in Ketchikan, Alaska, you have plenty of options for how you spend your time. Will you set out into the wilderness, take to the water to fish or cruise, or get in touch with the Alaska Native culture of the region? The city, located in the southeast of the state, is a major gateway into areas of natural interest, with Misty Fjiords National Monument preeminent among them.
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Ketchikan is more than just a place to sleep between trips into the wilderness. The city is rich in history and culture and is especially exciting for those who want to discover more about the Native peoples of Southeast Alaska, the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian. The Totem Heritage Center is a point of interest, with art classes and a collection of artifacts to view. The center is in possession of multiple historic totem poles, and Ketchikan has the most totem poles of any city in Alaska.
Other local attractions include the Tongass Historical Museum, which combines nature views, contemporary art exhibitions and Native collections. You can spend time between cultural attractions walking along the coastline on Ketchikan’s boardwalks, looking at the scenery and stopping in at local shops and restaurants.
Dining in Ketchikan is dominated by seafood caught nearby. The city’s reputation as the Salmon Capital of the World is reflected in the many specialized fish offerings available. While salmon is the most famous ingredient in the area, it’s not the only specialty. Shellfish, shrimp, halibut and more also come from the local waters and are available fresh in the downtown restaurants.
If you’re a nature lover, you’ll be amazed by Ketchikan’s scenic vistas and fresh, clean air. The city is inside the Tongass National Forest and on the edge of the Misty Fjords National Monument, accessed by small planes. The forests and parks around Ketchikan contain bears, deer, wolves, mountain goats and an amazing variety of birds. Many of the tours beginning in the city are designed to bring visitors face to face with these creatures.
For a historical and cultural experience 10 miles from the city, you can visit the Totem Bright State Historical Park, home to restored and recreated totem poles and a recreated village center designed to teach visitors about the day-to-day life of Native Alaskans throughout history. The park also boasts a viewing area looking into the breathtaking Tongass Narrows.
Whether partaking in world-class seafood, encountering nature or discovering Native history, you’ll have an amazing time in Ketchikan.
Car Rental Pickup Information
- Upon arrival, please proceed to the car rental desk for Alaska Car Rentals located in terminal.
Local Rental Car Policies
- This location does not participate in E-Z Money.
- After hours pickup / dropoff are allowed, but you must phone agency (907) 225-5000 prior to pickup for instructions.
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