Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan

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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. Arrange your visit to Totem Bight State Historical Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ketchikan using our Ketchikan journey maker app .
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  • It's not worth it, not by removing, dull place, a few totems, I've seen better you better enjoy the boat than spend to do the ride
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  • Very aimed at tourists, but the totems are great and authentic. The gift shops is one of the cheapest during the cruise, si pack up on souvenirs there! :)  more »
  • Total night is a clan house of local natives where they dance and have celebrations titans are story's that tell tales of the past  more »
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  • Nice place to visit. The tour guode did a good job explaining the totem poles.
  • A very nice place to visit. Good recreations of buildings and Totems that existed. I prefer to come here after all the tourists are gone and soak in the peace.
  • Totem Bight State Park is an amazing place to appreciate the living legacy of Tlingit and Haida totem pole carving. The natural surroundings and the beach are beautiful, and there is great interpretive information all around the park, so anyone can visit and learn a tons without needing a guided tour. As a lifelong Ketchikan resident, I love whenever I visit Totem Bight, and I always take guests there when they visit.
  • Nice place to see some totems and if you find someone that can tell the totem's story that enhances the experience.
  • Beautiful park with rich history and a view of the ocean. Worth a visit if you are visiting Ketchikan!

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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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