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Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island

KetchikanKetchikan is a multi-island, picturesque, historic town, surrounded by water and mountains, situated smack in the middle of the Tongass National Forest. It is also Alaska’s southernmost port of call, linked by ferry and the Yellowhead Highway from Bellingham, Washington and Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The town can also easily be accessed by air, with daily flights in and out of there.In Ketchikan, you can stroll through downtown, visiting its shops, galleries and museums, soak up the area’s Native American culture, and linger on the boardwalks along vintage Creek Street. Camping, boating and sport fishing are also quite popular here. In addition, Ketchikan is a good point of departure for sightseeing excursions by boat or plane to see glacially carved fjords in the nearby 2.3-million-acre Misty Fjords National Monument, the habitat of myriad indigenous land animals and marine life.Prince of Wales IslandThis is the third largest island in the US, located approximately 600 miles north of Seattle, Washington. In fact, there are both flights and ferries plying between Seattle and the island. The island boasts over 900 miles of shoreline and some 1,500 miles of roads weaving through rugged, mountainous terrain, and several outlying islands as well, all well worth exploring. There are also fishing villages, rich in Native American culture, and totem parks here. For outdoor enthusiasts, the area offers a plethora of activities: camping, bird watching, whale watching, kayaking, fishing and hunting. The waters around here are saturated with halibut, steelhead, and King salmon, and there is abundant wildlife besides, particularly black bears and blacktailed deer.

Last updated June 7, 2008
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