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Ketchikan Visitors Bureau
131 Front Street
Ketchikan , Alaska
Tel: 800 770 3300
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Ketchikan, located on the edge of Revillagigedo Island, is the southernmost town in Southeast. Even by Southeast Alaska standards, it's a wet, wet place: The town gets more than 150 inches of rain a year (the locals appropriately chose the rainbird as their mascot). All that water nurtures the surrounding forests, and has made Ketchikan the totem pole center of Alaska. The totem poles of the Totem Heritage Center (best for antique poles and totem history), Saxman Village (the single largest collection of poles in Alaska), and Totem Bight State Park (best place to see what a Native village in Southeast would have looked like) make up the world's largest collection, and new carvers are always at work. The town's other attractions include Creek Street (the former red-light district) and trips into Misty Fjords, a watery, mountainous landscape that looks as if the world had hatched anew.—Edward Readicker-Henderson

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