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Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan

Categories: State Parks, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 600+ 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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  • Although shuttle buses (almost free!) drive about 4 km to the Park, we are the sea along wandered (weather permitting). The Park offers impressive prospects to customs and rites of the "first people", as they are called in the North of America and Canada. Very many interesting different totem poles.
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  • I toured the island while my husband spent time fishing. I was particularly interested in the Totem Bight Park due to its historical and cultural significance. It was lightly raining when I when got t...  read more »
  • Totem Bight is a great public park, with a collection of unique and interesting totem poles. It dates back to a WPA project in the 1930's, where significant poles were saved from abandoned native vill...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There were totems. It's a small trail with some totems and a gift shop
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