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Totem Bight State Historical Park

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Address: Ketchikan, AK
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07:00 - 18:00
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We had a private taxi tour take us to the park. They provided wonderful insight to the totems and walked us through the different parts of the park. My kids had fun picking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
Maryrose S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We had a private taxi tour take us to the park. They provided wonderful insight to the totems and walked us through the different parts of the park. My kids had fun picking huckleberries with our guide and standing next to the tall totems. Great for families!

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

The Totem Poles are interesting, but without having a guide the true meaning would be lost. We used Ketchican Taxi Tours, and with one our guides being a Native Alaskan, he provided insights that would be skipped. The connection between the Eagle and Raven families (an Eagle cannot marry a Raven). The frog and the bear. All symbols in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Visited this place during Alaska Cruise. First port of call. Very rainy, foggy, misty place but absolutely love the environment. We didnt do any standard tour instead decided to explore the town on our own. We got a day bus pass and took the transit bus to State park. It is good place for 1 -2 hr type activity. About... More 

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

A great, authentic exhibit of totem poles and the native culture. Came away with a real understanding and appreciation of the significance of these artifacts. While many on-shore excursions include this among the possible trips, consider taking the city bus ride to the park for a small charge ($1) per person and admission to the park is by donation. The... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We took the city bus from our cruise ship to the park, which was nice because it was very inexpensive, but it was a longer ride with all the stops. The park itself is free admission, but we left a donation and so should you. It would probably be more interesting with a tour guide, but we read the pamphlet... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for something off the beaten path with few tourists, but authentic totem poles- this is it! You can take the public bus for $1 each way. Must have cash! The park is free to get in, and it is gorgeous! We stayed on the rocks on the water for an extra hour admiring the view. The... More 

Thank Kat S
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Take a quick trip to the Totem Bright State Historical park it's worth the trip. The views are gorgeous and they have some very interesting totems.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

This park is laid out nicely and the Totem Poles are spaced out so that they each get your attention. The clan house was fun too. It is right off the water, so very picturesque and a very easy and cool, quite forest walk to get to the main part. Well done!

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McMinnville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

This is about 8 miles out of town but tours stop here. You get to go inside a real lodge building. The totems, many from very old villages, show the history and beliefs of native Alaskan's. There are some very rare autos and a gun collection with some very unusual guns. The gift shop is well stocked with authentic items... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

We spent two-three hours here and should have stayed even longer. Talk to the docents and ask questions! They are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. You don't need to schedule an excursion because the free city bus drops you off at the front door.

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