Welcome to Alaska – Ketchikan

Map from nps.gov

Map from nps.gov

On our Alaska Cruise Tour 2013, after we Vancouver and spending a day at sea, we will spend the day in Ketchikan, Alaska. The town of Ketchikan is the southeastern most town in Alaska and has a population of around 14,000.  Ketchikan is known as Alaska’s “First City,” because it is the initial port for cruise ships coming up from the south. For most visitors stepping ashore, this is their first view of Alaska. The economy for Ketchikan relies heavily on tourism with the cruise industry gracing its harbors during the summer months. On certain days, there could even be 6 cruise ships in Ketchikan at the same time.


Ketchikan is also well known as the salmon capital of the world. Fishing is king here. In fact the city of Ketchikan was founded as a fishing outpost. Later the mining industry exploded and so did the population of Ketchikan.  With the mining boom came a new industry for Ketchikan that since has disappeared with mining history. Creek Street was bustling with bars and brothels that miners frequented when they came into town.

Ketchikan, Alaska, Creek Street

Creek Street; Photo courtesy of Princess Cruise Line

Ketchikan’s weather is affected by the being on the cost. While it is pretty far north, the Low temperatures do not dip as far as you would think. January has the lowest average low temperature at almost 29 0F .  When talking about the cruising season, the average high temperatures range from 50 0F – 65 0F with July being the warmest.  June and July are also the driest averaging about 7.5 inches of rain per month.

Ketchikan, Alaska's "Liquid Sunshine Gauge." * Photograph by Robert A. Estremo, copyright 2002.

Ketchikan, Alaska’s “Liquid Sunshine Gauge.” * Photograph by Robert A. Estremo, copyright 2002.

My next post will dive into the activities to do when you arrive in Ketchikan. There are many of them ranging from easy to more adventurous. We will talk more about Creek Street and Totem Bight State Park.

By Jim Nista (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Jim Nista (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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