Its Tlingit Indian name, Kach Khanna, means “spread wings of the eagle.” Chances are you'll see one of these magnificent birds perched atop a Sitka tree. Thanks to its abundant rainfall, Ketchikan is surrounded by some of the world’s most lush wilderness.
Visit Saxman Native Village a quick trip south of Ketchikan, an authentic Native American totem center. While touring the 1 square mile village, make sure to see some of the master carver's origional totem poles and explore the clan center where the totem poles are made.
Stroll down Creek Street, which was once Ketickan's red light district. Old brothels have been converted to art galleries and shops along the wooden plank sidewalk. Now residents and visitors alike use the neighborhood as a meeting place, to grab a bite to eat or even just a cup of hot chocolate.
Trek out to the largest National Forest in the United States. At 17 million acres, The Tongass National Forest is a temperate rain forest, chock-full of wildlife and is accessible for tours by land, sea or air from Ketchikan. This wilderness jewel should be on every nature lovers bucket list.