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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
  • Beautiful place to visit. We weren't able to go inside the lodge but enjoyed walking around the park and reading about the totems. It was a beautiful, cold winter day. It is right on the water and the...  more »
  • Saw this amazing park as part of our 3 hour ecotrip with Wild Wolf Tours. Thought it might be hokey, it was anything but! really glad to have gone.  more »
  • As there is not very big park, it takes just a little time to visit and see amazing Totem Poles. Anyway, loved it. Suggesting to take a cab or shuttle bus.  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.