Posted by: danielfee | July 3, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 07-03-2012

Ketchikan, Alaska

 

Ketchikan is the fifth largest city in Alaska, with an estimated population of just 14,070 in 2010 within the city limits. Ketchikan is located on Revillagigedo Island 235 miles to the south of Juneau. It is the transportation hub for the southern portion of southeast Alaska, which earned it the nickname “Gateway City”. Today its economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is now known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.” Ketchikan is also the jumping off point for a visit to the Misty Fjords National Monument which is one of the area’s major attractions. The 2.3 million acres of unspoiled Alaska wilderness which includes uninhabited islands, bottomless bays and fjords, massive trees and towering cliffs were set aside by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

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