Alaska’s First City

Historic Creek Street in Ketchikan

Ketchikan is known as the “First City” of Alaska. Not because it was the first city settled in Alaska, but rather the first city you arrive at while taking the inside passage north. For this reason, Ketchikan remains a popular stop for all travelers venturing through Southeast Alaska. Ketchikan is the first stop for Alaska Airlines; the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry system; cruise liners; fishing vessels; and most Alaska vacationers.

The City of Ketchikan Alaska and most residents have realized in recent years, that increasing tourism will provide an opportunity for economic growth. This growth will help offset jobs lost in the declining timber and commercial fishing industries. The people of Ketchikan did not have to search hard for interesting things to do and see to attract more tourists.

Ketchikan’s rich history, native culture, scenic beauty and abundant wildlife provide for an eclectic mix of attractions and adventures. Many first time visitors to Ketchikan find themselves returning year after year and hopefully you will too.Chinook Shores is located approximately 20-minutes from Ketchikan so there is no limit to the activities that await you. Ketchikan offers many historic sites, a museum, Native cultural exhibits, Totem pole parks, fish hatcheries, historic Creek Street, fine dining and world class shopping. Our little town is so fantastic that it is one of the highest rated cruise ship ports in all of Alaska. Here are just a few links to get you started.