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Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan
(4.4/5 based on 650 reviews on the web)
On a former Native American campground, Totem Bight State Historical Park showcases 15 totem poles and a replica of a community house that help tell the heritage of the region. Nestled on 13 hectares (33 acres) of Alaskan forestland, the site showcases 19th-century totems depicting characters to help tell stories of local tribes. You'll see how the community lived with a view of the clan house that had removable floorboards for storage and separate living quarters that could house up to 50 people. The surrounding topography is home to bears and wolves, sea lions, deer, and eagles. If you wander farther toward the bays and inlets, you may spot whales. Put Totem Bight State Historical Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ketchikan tourist route planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • This park has a lodge that you can enter and totem poles with some explanations on a sign. It is right on the water, so you can check out the rocky beach. There is a poem on one of the display signs. ...  more »
  • The short trail through the park has a number of beautiful trees! We took photos of the totem poles and enjoyed going inside the Community house where people used to gather for meetings, ceremonies et...  more »
  • We visited Totem Bight State Historical Park as part of a Ketchikan city tour package. This park is perfect for learning about totem poles IF you have a knowledgeable guide who can explain the meaning...  more »
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  • This beautiful park is located on a small point on the Tongass Narrows approximately 10 miles north of Ketchikan. A short trail through old growth forest brings one to a grassy area where 14 totem poles and a clan house or longhouse are located. The colorful artwork on the totem poles and the main building were awesome.
  • Learned how natives in the past established their identity, territory, culture, and traditions. Wonderful learning experience for the young and adults.
  • Cool totems poles and a beautiful setting. We went on a tour and learned a lot about traditions.
  • An amazing place to learn more about Native American history. The totems and lodge house are beautiful.
  • Could be better if there is more to see.