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Creek Street, Ketchikan

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#2 of 29 in Historic Sites in Alaska
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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  • August 14, 2017
    Nice small shops and beautiful sream flowing through it. Lot of different items in shops unlike the other tourist shops closer to dock  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We were fortunate to be able to visit Creek Street as we only had a short period of time and Ketchikan is loaded with stores for tourists. We suggest if you are short on time you start here We're impr...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This was a nice area to walk around and visit shops in Ketchikan. The shops had more unique items than the souvenir stores we saw closer to the cruise ship docks.  more »
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  • October 3, 2016
    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! 👍

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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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