We are eager to show you why we love Ketchikan. Our island is accessible by both sea and air. We're about 700 miles northwest of Seattle, on Alaska's famed Inside Passage waterway. Ketchikan is a popular destination for cruise travelers, sportsfishers, adventurers, and anyone ready to take a break from everyday life and experience a unique lifestyle.
Ketchikan was recognized a few years ago as one of America's Top 100 Small Arts Communities. Native artists, some internationally known, work in traditional forms from carving to weaving. Contemporary artists produce amazing work in media from acrylics to sculpture, ceramics to watercolor. In 2011, we invite you to join Ketchikan in Celebrating, ''The Year of the Artist''.
History, scenery and just plain fun provide inspiration for local attractions. Museums, historic sites and interactive tours highlight our town. Five species of wild Pacific salmon return from the open ocean to waters near Ketchikan, offering great angling opportunities. The 2.3 million-acre Misty Fjords National Monument is located 40 miles south of Ketchikan provides outstanding recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat.