Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park

Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park

Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Alicia D
    Oviedo, Florida280 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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
    Traveled 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, Canada11,968 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Cindy
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totem Park in Sitka
    This place is amazing. On my walk to the park I saw numerous otters in the bay and eagles overhead. The park itself was so beautiful and tanquil. The park is so vast that I could not go through it all because of the allotted time. It was amazing to see eagle flying right above you and perched in the trees. The here were informational plaques throughout the park. A must do while in Sitka.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • PhoenixFlash
    Anthem, Arizona145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally totem
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Ann H
    York, United Kingdom2,509 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not enough time
    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!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
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Alicia D
Oviedo, FL280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
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.
Written July 16, 2023
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thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Sitka National Historic Park (free entry) is just a 13-minute walk from Harrigan Centennial Hall in town and is easily paired with a visit to the Alaska Raptor Center. The park was created in 1910 to commemorate the 1804 battle between the native Tlingit and the Russians who had established a post for fur trading in Ketchikan. Totem Trail leaves from the Visitor Center, passing replicas of 20 totem poles on a relaxing walk around this peninsula. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to watch Tlingit Master Carver Tommy Joseph carving a totem pole.
Written June 13, 2022
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dkkmclark
Tampa, FL150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We walked on a nice side walk from downtown. It took about 15-20 minutes. We passed the Sitka Sound Science Center on the way. Beside the building, we could see salmon jumping in the water. There are several places for great pictures. Once we arrive dat the park, we viewed a short movie about the history of the area (about 10 minutes). There is no charge to get into the park or watch the movie. Asked the ranger about tickets as they are limiting viewing with COVID. We spent about an hour walking on the well marked trail. Multiple totem poles are placed along the paths. We walked along the river and saw so many salmon spawning. It was amazing to see so many in one place. Several of the trails were closed while we were there due to bear activity, but we did not see any bears while hiking. One trail goes to the Sitka Highway. The Raptor center is only about a 10 minute walk from there.
Written September 7, 2021
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Beachlover49
Christiansted, St. Croix51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Amazing what the state has done, the trails are well kept, I would have appreciated a few more signs or arrows as my husband & I got turned around, then we were concerned we'd miss the tour bus. Standing on the bridge watching the salmon was interesting, surreal & tugged a bit on my heart strings. I realize that the salmon laying their eggs then dying is part of their life cycle, but it still sad to me. I've never seen so many fish with the same mission in one place.
The totems were very interesting and each one told a story. I might have been nice to have some signage with that information.
I don't recommend this for anyone that has difficulty walking unless they have a wheelchair.
Written August 28, 2022
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work2travelgirl
Canal Fulton, OH291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
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!
Written August 21, 2023
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The Happy Traveler
Chicago, IL2,693 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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alhlstnam
Chicago, IL127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
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.
Written August 13, 2023
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jclin10
New York City, NY129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was a cruise excursion, and sometimes, cruise excursions can disappoint, but this one did not at all. The visitor center is tastefully curated, and they show a short movie that showcases the history of the indigenous people, as well as explains the history of how westerners arrived. We got to see someone actually carving a totem pole, which was fascinating and moving.
Written September 18, 2022
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD3,819 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
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
Written July 7, 2023
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Jane R
The Villages, FL159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This is a short and pleasant walk through woods. The totem poles are well-presented and a collection of various styles. We saw salmon spawning in the river. Nice part of our tour. Nice visitor center.
Written October 9, 2022
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