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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  • I haven't been on it, exactly, said. I saw the boat I was, very cool, even seen from afar, and to meet the culture of totems. Used extensively in this region of Alaska and Canada is the first expression of the man of animals and forests.
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  • When we were there it was closed. A trip worth, if you have lots of time, otherwise certainly not the big tourist attraction. Interesting Totem tree or post in the district arranged on a small site. We understand something else under Park.
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  • We caught the bus from Ketchikan to here. The ticket office had closed, so we paid our entry in the 'honesty box'. It is a nice walk around the park, with lovely views over the sound. The information ...  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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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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