Set within the Tongass National Forest, the city of about 8,000 affords some of Alaska’s most varied wildlife viewing and outdoor fun. Native arts and culture, including the world’s largest collection of standing totem poles, also entice.
Things to See and Do in Ketchikan
Blueberry Arts Festival
First weekend in August. Take in art booths and activities, from a blueberry pie–eating contest to a slug race.
The boardwalk over Ketchikan Creek is home to restaurants, galleries, and other attractions. Enjoy a narrated tour of Dolly’s House Museum (24 Creek St.), once one of more than 20 brothels in town.