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Creek Street, Ketchikan

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Historic Walking Area Tourist Spot
Built on wooden pilings over a foaming stream, Creek Street features a historic bridge with an infamous past. The street's colorful history includes fishing, prostitution, and bootlegging. For the first half of the 20th century, this quiet strip served as the town's red light district, lined with brothels instead of the quaint little shops and restaurants you see today. Stroll down the boardwalk that leads to the ship dock; if it's the right time of year, you can see salmon struggling upstream and jumping over the manmade ladder. Visit one of the old brothel museums and see the trail that married men used when fleeing from raids. Plan to see Creek Street and other attractions that appeal to you using our Ketchikan tour planner.
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Where to stay in Ketchikan

For a small city, Ketchikan boasts a surprisingly diverse array of accommodations. A downtown hotel is the best option for those who want to stay within walking distance of the city’s restaurants, bars, stores, and attractions, plus it offers proximity to the water. If you have access to a car, you can save a few dollars and enjoy some of Alaska's famous scenery by staying farther out of town. The area's selection of bed and breakfasts includes a number of quirky establishments full of character. The surrounding Tongass National Forest has a well-equipped campground and RV park.
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  • Picturesque location, nice shops and restaurants. Take the tram up to Cape Fox Lodge for drinks/lunch/dinner.  more »
  • we were going to walk the trail.but ended up just going to creek street and the samon ladder.alot of fun  more »
  • This is a fun street to walk through. A lot of little stores and nice people. It was cold and rainy.  more »
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  • Great place to enjoy live music and share a good time with friends. This place is very popular with the locals. Smoke free, lively, fun and friendly atmosphere. Maria does a great job taking care of the people and her husband is one of the talented musicians that jam @KTNCabaret. Everyone is treated like family. Well worth repeated visits. Be on the on the lookout for the posters announcing upcoming events or follow them on Facebook as HOURS VARY. Best jazz in town. Thumbs way up! 👍