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Introducing Ketchikan

Ketchikan, the first stop of the Alaska Marine Highway, is a thin town: several miles long, never more than 10 blocks wide and crammed with Alaskan character, adventure and the scenery you came looking for.

Ketchican Visitors Bureau (907-225-6166, 800-770-3300; www.visit-ketchikan.com; 131 Front St; 7am-5pm) Helpful staff will book tours and ­accommodations.

Seaport Cyberstation (907-247-4615; 5 Salmon Landing; per hr $6; 8am-7pm) Access the internet here.

Southeast Alaska Discovery Center (907-228-6220; 50 Main St; adult/child $5/free; 8am-5pm) Houses an impressive exhibit hall; provides details of outdoor activities.