Ketchikan, five hundred
miles north of Seattle, is Alaska's "first city," and
the first port of call for many cruise ships. Its historic
downtown, wedged between water and forested mountains provides a
fascinating look at Alaska's history. Once known as the salmon
capital of the world, the state's fourth largest city is a
delightful mixture of boardwalks, steep hills and totem poles.
Native art and culture
flourishes here due to the large population of native Alaskans.
The three indigenous Pacific Northwest Indian tribes, the Tlingit,
Haida and Tsimshian considered the areas throughout Northern
British Columbia and Southeast Alaska their territory. Ketchikan
is home to the worlds largest collection of totem poles, timeless
monuments in cedar from the first Alaskans.