Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island and is considered Alaska’s First City, since it is the first one you arrive at when traveling north from the lower 48 states. Also known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan is located in the Tongass National Forest, close to Misty Fjords National Monument, and gets 162 inches of rain every year.
Originally created for fishing, Ketchikan became known for mining in the Gold Rush years, followed by the Ketchikan Pulp Company bringing forestry to the city for 50 years until closing in 1997. Tourism is now a major player in the economy alongside fishing. Ketchikan is the Tlingit name for the region around Wrangell and the island has the world’s largest collection of totem poles, located in the City of Saxman, 3 miles south of Ketchikan, and Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan. Ketchikan is 90 miles north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and 235 miles south of Juneau. For more information, visit the website for the Ketchikan Visitors Center.