Due to the high price of the cruise ship excursions to Totem Bight State Park, we decided to take the public bus. I had printed out the bus schedule ahead of time in order to make the most out of our limited time in Ketchikan. After waiting about 15 minutes for the bus, it still hadn't come. We finally saw at the bus stop that there was a notice stating that the bus schedule was changing on July 3 (we were there July 3!). We ended up waiting about 45 minutes total for the bus to come. The bus to the state park has changed from the blue line to the sliver line. It is $2 round trip. It was really crowded going to and from the park. There were lots of interesting locals and also tourists on the bus. It takes about 25 minutes from the downtown area to the state park.
The state park has a small nature/visitor's center. There are also pamphlets available that provide more detail about the totem poles. The entrance to the park is free. A short path through the woods leads to the totem poles. The totem poles are very beautiful. We loved looking at all of them. There are displays throughout the park that provide information about the park and totem poles. The park sites right next to the bay. There are some nice views of bay from the park. I think that an hour is sufficient time to see all of the totem poles and visit the nature/visitor's center. There are fairly clean outhouses at the state park. I didn't see any bathrooms with plumbing. The public bus returns every hour. We were there during the early afternoon and there weren't any tour buses. The only people at the park were the ones that took the bus with us. Overall, a good visit to a nice state park.
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