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Potlatch Totem Park

9809 Totem Bight Rd., Ketchikan, AK 99901
907-225-4445
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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Sydney, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

A visit to Ketchikan isn't complete without a visit to the Potlatch Totem Park. It was built on the old fishing grounds of the Tlingit Natives and has some spectacular examples of totem poles. There is also a vintage car museum and a display of antique firearms. It is only a short drive from Ketchikan and definitely worth visiting.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We did go out to Potlatch park while we were in town and we really enjoyed it. It was very interesting.

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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Seems a tourist trap. The busses go there.... Interesting guns and animal heads. I guess the guns are the most interesting

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The Villages, Florida
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37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Having been to Ketchikan on several other occasions this was our first time taking a guided tour which also included Totem Heritage Center-Potlatch Totem Park had several diverse areas -a car exhibit-totem poles being made-and area of various totem poles very decorative houses and a great gift shop with many interesting artifacts-cars -a Gatling gun, etc. Throughout the area the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was a shore excursion from our cruise ship. It's a bit cheesy and too modern, but overall, I'd definitely recommend this little trip. The bus ride out is scenic, and there's a small beach area in the park. The guide told interesting stories to explain the significance of the totem poles and their images. The tour included a few... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Very interesting Native American family owned place. Definitely need a guide to give you the best information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Want history? Check. Want it presented in an informative and laid back humerus way? Check. Great time with the family from my 77 year old grand mother (history) to 9 and 12 year old boys (gun museum)

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KENT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Fortunate to be in sunshine! Our guide /bus driver was very entertaining with the stories behind the Totem poles and the history of the accommodation. Very interesting.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A purpose built park that shows how the original inhabitants of Ketchikan once lived. There are several buildings, decorated with wonderful artwork. There is also a building where totem poles are being built by hand, in original, native designs. It is a little way out of Ketchikan - I was on a short tour that included the park - well... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I would say everyone should go here, but I say that from a singular perspective! A couple in our group of 5 didn't find it overly enthralling, but I truly enjoyed learning about the local stories, lore and traditional artwork that surrounds this majestic region. The totems and buildings were quite amazing. Wonderful spot to spend money on gifts. Amazing... More

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