You could get to Ketchikan by dogsled, but modern technology has provided better, faster, and warmer ways to visit the "salmon capital of the world." One is by air, two is by sea...

Ketchikan is only 90 minutes (by air) from Seattle, Washington, with several daily flights offered by Alaska Airlines, which also provides transportation to and from Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka, and Petersburg. Ketchikan International Airport is on Gravina Island, from which you can catch a ferry or water taxi to your Ketchikan destination. Floatplanes are also available and, for private pilots, there is plenty of ground parking.

A very popular choice among tourists visiting Ketchikan is the cruise ship. All major cruise lines include this popular destination, including the Carnival, Princess, and Glacier Bay cruise lines. The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) conducts full-service ferry passage for individuals or those traveling with vehicles. Depending on your point of departure, the trip may take from six to 36 hours. Inter-island ferry service is also available and even private vessels can be accomodated in Ketchikan, where a full line of marine services is available. For reservation assistance and other information, visit Alaska's Marine Highway.