Ketchikan’s history dates back to 1883 when the first salmon saltery was built. Today, it is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World" with a population of 14,500 residents. Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island on the Tongass Narrows, surrounded by the Tongass National Forest. Ketchikan is a historic community, built along the waterfront. Many of the colorful buildings are set on wooden pilings, adding greatly to the charm of this quaint coastal town.
Sightseeing highlights include Creek Street (once a red light district), the bustling boat harbor and salmon canneries. Totem Bight State Historical Park is located 10 miles north of Ketchikan, where replicas of original totem poles have been carved and painted to reflect the rich culture of Southeast Alaska Natives. Ketchikan's Heritage Center displays Alaska's only collection of original totem poles plus a remarkable collection of contemporary Northwest Indian art, emphasizing the culture of Tlingit, Haida and Tshimshian Indians.