Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park

Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park

Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park
4.5
State ParksHistoric Walking Areas
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Kristy D
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful forest, lovely trails
    Wonderful way to spend time in port. Easy and pretty walk along the water from downtown. I highly recommend doing this along with the Raptor center just up the road. No reason to do a guided tour, but rideshare is impossible on ship days- so plan accordingly. We were able to walk to everything, but give yourself time
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 20, 2023
  • CanuckAlberta
    647 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    SNHP/TP something for everyone
    Interesting place with a lot of different things to offer. Museum and movie, totem pole park, plus beach and lot of trails. Can get busy with the cruise ships but people eventually spread out on the trails. A nice stroll would be to take the trail form here to the Raptor Center. It would also be cool to see the salmon running up the Indian river here, not sure when that is.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • tammyBaltimore_Md
    Baltimore, Maryland3,819 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views, nice walk around forest/park
    Beautiful walking path in this park/forest with tons of totem poles, beautiful water views of mountains in the backdrop. Definitely worth the 10 minute walk where cruiseship shuttles drop you off Free to enter. Saw 2 separate bald eagles soaring by perching in the trees
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Alicia D
    Oviedo, Florida258 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a gem!
    What a great activity to do while you're in town. With free admission, it is fun for the whole family and will occupy a significant amount of time. From the video that they play on demand when it isn't crowded or on a schedule when crowded, to the carving hut behind with a native Alaskan carving master, Tommy, to the totem trail rich in history and free guided tour thru the NPS app, and the exhibits inside, this place is worth the visit. The walk through the woods is very mild and easy for all ages, with practically zero elevation.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • smvNYC
    New York City, New York359 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring
    This was a pleasant discovery! We walked the short trail from the central area and after being in awe of spotting bald eagles we made our way to the visitor center. Armed with a map we tool a leisurely walk on one of the trails through the forest, admiring the totems and the glorious natural beauty! Highly recommended!
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Sandra M
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk in the woods surrounded by heritage.
    Beautiful walk in the woods! Even though it was pouring rain we really enjoyed our walk through the totem poles. Much of the walk is along the water. It’s very flat and walkable. We downloaded the NPS app for a free self guided tour. It was very informative.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • John S
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    Take the 30 minute guided tour of the totem pole from the rangers. See the site of 1804 Battle of Sitka. Watch salmon, bald eagles and belted kingfisher in or over Indian River. Good museum about Tlingit culture.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • alhlstnam
    127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Inspiring nature and history
    This was an excursion from an Alaskan Cruise. Our group enjoyed a leisurely hike a through the area with many sitings of eagles and their habitats. Our guide, Sammie, was great; she provided information and history in an enjoyable but thorough manner. The totem poles, often isolated, with her insights into their meanings, were a must see. This site could not be fully enjoyed one's own.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • work2travelgirl
    Canal Fulton, Ohio291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite place in Sitka
    There is just something so special about the Totem Park- maybe its the eagles everywhere or the ravens flying and talking above, possibly the Totem Poles themselves? Beautiful trail along the water with places to sit and rest and take it all in along the way. We were in Sitka for 3 days and each day i felt the draw to walk through the park!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Codiak!
    Abbotsford, Canada11,588 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step away from town to enjoy Nature
    On this our second visit to Sitka we decided to head out of town to check out the totem poles in the National Historic Park. It really is not that far a walk and it really is worth the visit! The totems are excellent especially as there is signage explaining the significance of each, but regardless of the historical significance the trails are simply beautiful! Go ahead and enjoy some Nature : )
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
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Jay D
56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolutely loved the totem poles! The walk was easy and the path nice and clear with many benches😀 The woods at times look like something from a jurassic Park movie😮 I was waiting for a dinosaur 🦖 to come out of the woods and eat me😮 Saw a bald eagle 🦅 fly over our heads while walking😀 Nice short movie on the history of the park in the theatre. Easy walking distance from downtown and AWESOME path leads you all the way there😀 No gift shop, a major loss for raising money for the park system☹️ Every park should have a gift shop with profits going back to that park for improvements🤫 What a waste on not having a vision Sean Sullivan, typical government leadership☹️
Written May 16, 2024
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Agatha P
Chesapeake, VA677 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The National Park was lovely!! Loved walking through the park. Excellent markers to keep you in the walking path. It was raining! Walking under the trees blocked the rain, BUT if you have a princess complex (like me) you might be a bit grumpy getting wet. We went with our tour group from the cruise ship so we had our transportation taken care of. They rated this experience as a “1”—-meaning very low level of physical exertion required. Some people in our group walked with canes and just didn’t seem like people who walk through parks? Shoes get dirty and always pack a rain coat. There was a chance to walk through the “downtown” area but we did not. Honestly, the surrounding areas were run down and I am not a good with eating from food trucks —-but if you like it—go for it! In summary—go experience the National Park—-you are in Alaska and shouldn’t miss it!
Written May 6, 2024
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Moni25-88
El Paso, TX43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I loved loved walking around the grounds, I know it’s a lot to ask but I wish there was someone from the native tribe there to ask questions. This place was so breathtaking and just so beautiful. An amazing experience!!!
Written May 6, 2024
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Terry Z
Deltona, FL60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visiting Sitka was wonderful. you could walk to everything. We had a relaxing day walking to the NHP and within the City. Nice to get off the cruise ship and walk around.
Written October 23, 2023
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The Happy Traveler
Chicago, IL2,488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Sitka National Historical Park is also a museum with random historic totem poles of the Tlingit people along the forest path. We were on a private tour but you can easily do this in your own.

The park is a short walk from the Raptor Rehab Center. Start on the park path off Sawmill Creek Road and walk thru a peaceful environment filled with thriving trees, the babbling brook that leads out to crescent bay and the museum.

Take in the majestic beauty of the greenery, moss, waters and tall trees! See many historic totem poles and end your journey at the museum.
Totem poles tell the histories of Tlingit families that are centuries old. The museum is steeped in explaining the rich history of the Tlingit people’s livelihoods in the Sitka area and beyond!
Written October 19, 2023
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Sue S
Kingston, Canada372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
After departing our cruise ships, this wonderful park was our first stop. The visitor center had informative displays and the rainforest was a peaceful retreat from the hoards of cruise passengers visiting the port that day. The path was flat and well maintained and provided an easy trail to see the numerous totem poles. Folks with mobility issues can easily navigate this park. Make sure to visit Indian River for salmon spawning, if visiting at the right time. This park is highly recommended AND it's free!
Written September 22, 2023
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Craig R
Yarrawonga, Australia2,031 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
A very lovely park, with well laid out walking tracks, through the heavily wooded park. At one point you come across a bridge over a stream that is full on salmon. Throughout the park there are Totem poles along the tracks. The walk only takes about 30 minutes, and it is well worth the time. Just lovely walking through the forest.
Written September 22, 2023
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Daryl D
San Diego, CA337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This trail is a must do for day visitors to Sitka. It’s an easy walk and has such incredible views looking back at the town and sound. The totem poles are all different, it was fun to identify the different animals.
Written September 20, 2023
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Ann H
York, UK2,396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited this beautiful park as part of an excursion from our cruise ship and didn't have enough time to explore properly. We did, however, spot some eagles and the river was teeming with salmon. The walks looked lovely - maybe if we ever return!!
Written September 19, 2023
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PhoenixFlash
Anthem, AZ145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
After visiting the Raptor Center we made a left at the street and walked back to the cross walk. Crossed the street and we were on the the gentle path to the totems. This is a lush green forested trail. Very easy, we saw some gals with a stroller on the dirt path. Signage is pretty good to point you in the right direction. Once you reach the visitor center it is about a twenty minute walk along the bay front to the city center. Numerous totems can found on trail that end up hugging the bay.
Written September 19, 2023
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