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Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan

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State Park Historic Site
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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  • Great place to learn the history of the area. Guides provide great information Views of the ocean and wildlife are great  more »
  • This park has about 20 totem poles, a shed with about as many antique cars, and a clan house. There is no real information provided (e.g. no signs). Our driver said that the poles all are 1970 or late...  more »
  • Learned so much about totem poles. Bald eagle was using one to overlook the bay. We had the best tour guide. His name was Tim H. He was so knowledgeable and animated.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful park with rich history and a view of the ocean. Worth a visit if you are visiting Ketchikan!
  • 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!
  • Go next door to potlatch park to see a working carver, and restored village.

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Where to stay in Ketchikan

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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