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Scenic, diverse Ketchikan is a coastal island community located within Alaska's Inside Passage
and surrounded by the magnificent Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest. Ketchikan is an easily accessible 90-minute flight and 36 hours by cruise ship from Seattle or Vancouver; or by ferry from Bellingham, WA. Long a popular destination for independent minded travelers, Ketchikan is also Alaska’s second largest cruise port. Our temperate rain forest environment provides visitors with superb fishing, wildlife viewing, amazing scenery and outdoor recreation opportunities. You’ll meet the descendants of the region’s first people through story, song and art that allow our unique Native culture to thrive. Ketchikan’s impressive variety of shops and galleries feature work by many of the island’s resident artists. This close-knit community of 13,700 works hard and plays hard, and welcomes visitors who seek to explore a community rich in history and culture. Come see for yourself why we say our lifestyle is your reward!