|Visit Ketchikan map|
"Ketchikan sits on an island at the southernmost end of southeast Alaska, a prime spot for cruise ships navigating Alaska's Inside Passage," Block notes. "The landscape is spectacular: snow-capped mountains, glaciers descending into narrow fjords, and all around, the dense Tongass National Forest. At 17 million acres (bigger than West Virginia), the Tongass is the largest national forest in the U.S."
|Cruise ship tourists in Ketchikan |
(NPR photo by Elissa Nadwomy)
|Ketchikian gift shop items (Nadwomy photo)|