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. 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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  • August 11, 2017
    As we arrived by cruise ship, we went straight into the visitors centre at the cruise dock for a map and guidance. We took the silver line local bus for $2 each and that dropped us right in the Totem ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    We came here through Sourdough Tours. Our guide explained all the totem poles, their significance and stories surrounding them. We did not go inside the hall because time did not permit. This is a nic...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This would be great to do with little kids. We enjoyed our stroll through the park and learning the history of totem poles. This park is also on the water...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • May 11, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    Beautiful park with rich history and a view of the ocean. Worth a visit if you are visiting Ketchikan!
  • December 20, 2016
    Take a peaceful stroll down the wooded pathway to view amazing totems. This is one of Ketchikan's best cultural experiences for tourists and locals!
  • February 2, 2017
    Go next door to potlatch park to see a working carver, and restored village.

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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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