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Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City” due to its status as the southernmost port of call for ferries and cruise ships headed north up the Inside Passage. A bustling downtown waterfront area and several excellent interpretive centers are your welcome to Alaska.
Among the must-sees in Ketchikan are Creek Street, a boardwalk pedestrian “street” situated on pilings above Ketchikan Creek; Totem Bight State Park, featuring 14 large totem poles and an intricately decorated Tlingit clan house; and Saxman Native Village, which offers visitors the opportunity to watch Tlingit artisans at work carving totem poles. In the mountains and along the coasts, hiking trails abound, and opportunities to fish for salmon and other species are also plentiful.
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