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Address: Ketchikan, AK

This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.

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Private Tour on 14 Passenger Shuttle Bus in Ketchikan Alaska
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Alaska original!

We booked a tour of this from our cruise ship and it was nice to have the transportation because it is pretty well south of downtown. Our bus driver was also a good guide (and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This area you can see them cutting totem poles and see some of the oldest totems poles in the area. It was great hearing the history of the area from the tour guide.

Thank Bob M
Oak Brook, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you like totem Poles ... This is your place! Found out from bus driver there are five types of totem poles... Interesting!

Thank Kathy K
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took a tour off the cruise port. Do not book local tours through the cruise line its cheaper off ship! We got a 2 hr tour for $ 60 each . And we saw a lot . This park is very cool ! Be sure to get a pamphlet on the history of each Totem pole. We also saw... More 

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New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an excursion we booked with our cruise that was also supposed to include Creek Street. Our driver took us to the Village (which was closed and deserted) and kept us in the rain for 25 minutes while he lectured us on totem poles. As we returned, we drove by Creek Street and he flapped a hand at it... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Saxman Native Village while our cruise ship was docked in Ketchikan. It was very interesting to learn about the totem poles. Our guide explained the purpose of totem poles really well and described two individual ones. It would have been good if we booked a tour were the guide gave a description of all the totem poles. The company... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a tour of this from our cruise ship and it was nice to have the transportation because it is pretty well south of downtown. Our bus driver was also a good guide (and a fairly great storyteller). We saw an overview film, were welcomed warmly by Tlingit folks, saw the authentic clan house and (perhaps because we were... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Saxman Native Village is an extremely interesting place to visit, especially for their display of extensively-carved totem poles. There is a clan lodge located at the site, but the tourist buses are generally not allowed to enter this building (see photos). The guide explains what is happening inside the carving building, where you can watch the master carvers as... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

However the cruise ships have the saxman tour locked up so independent tour companies do not have access to the lodge and the show. Was able to only see the totems and the outside of the lodge.

Thank gazellegirl
Nine Mile Falls, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Be sure to pay for the guide- one whole dollar. It will help to identify the totems once you get home and need to organize your photos. Also stop and watch the carvers

Thank kcschueler
Santa Rosa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband & I chose to be car-less for this trip so we walked to this from downtown. It was a bit of a walk, but worth it.

Thank trystgirl2

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