About Alaska - Ketchikan
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Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo island, 90 miles north of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and 235 miles south of Juneau Alaska. As part of the largest temperate rainforest in the world, Ketchikan is one of the wettest towns in SE receiving upwards of 150 inches of rain a year. Ketchikan’s economy is largely based on tourism and fishing, and is often referred to as the "salmon capitol of the world". It also houses the largest collection of standing totem poles in the world. Most of the totems are recarvings of older ones, a practice that began during the Roosevelt Administration through the Civilian Conservation Corps, however the Heritage Center does display poles from the 19th century.
Ketchikan is a convenient port of call for visiting yachts, mainly due its geographical location and the accessibility to goods and services. The location also has made it the marine and air hub for Southern SE Alaska. While being a popular cruise ship destination, many yachts visiting take advantage of the arts and culture, fine dining, access to shopping for items uniquely Alaskan, and / or to visit one of the many local sites accessible only by air. Misty Fjords National Monument being is one of the biggest attractions. As with most communities in SE, travel to and from Ketchikan is limited to air and seas, but has regular jet service in and around the state as well as direct service from the Seattle area.
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