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“Walking Tall by the Totems”

Potlatch Totem Park
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Totem Bight and Potlatch Park plus Ketchikan City Tour
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Private Tour on 14 Passenger Shuttle Bus in Ketchikan Alaska
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All Ketchikan Excursion
Ranked #19 of 59 things to do in Ketchikan
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Walking Tall by the Totems”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

What a great spot to learn about native Alaskan Art. The totems are impressive. You'll also see a small village and best of all Woody the Wood Carver. Yep that's his name. Great Kid who has learned the art of pole carving BY Hand from his grandfather. You get to see a totem pole actually being carved. Woody had two laying in this shop. then there is an incredible gift shop. You really need to visit this place when you go to Ketchikan!

Visited July 2013
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Huntersville, North Carolina
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112 reviews
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“Beautiful totem poles”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

I did want to see authentic totem poles while in Alaska, and the ones at this park are beautiful. And amazingly enough, there is no charge if visiting independently. Very nice gift shop as well with some of the best hot chocolate (complimentary) my husband had the entire trip.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Cookmb03
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St. Louis
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“Surrounded by artistic adn nautral beauty”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Totems, rainforest, free hot chocolate, trails, mountain and ocean views, a beach for shelling and searching under rocks to find crabs plentiful salmon berries to pick and enjoy, and benches for just sitting and relaxing in the peaceful environment; what's not to like here? Oh yeah, it's free!!!

Visited July 2013
3 Thank Sandiatthebeach
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New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Enjoyable opportunity!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Great totem pole selection in all sizes. Local books on totem legends with author on site to sign! Great restored old automobiles and Alaskan animals. Wonderful selection of gift items for tourists with good prices. Very friendly people. Free coffee!! Stop and enjoy this site - both historical and good tourist gifts to bring home.

Visited June 2013
Thank Marjorie F
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

We visited this straight after our wander round Totem Bight. It's not particularly well known and not signposted, but is easy to find and FREE: go to the end of the car/coach park at Totem Bight and continue down the private road a short way until you come to the Alaska Totem Trading "Exciting Frontier Museum" - well worth a look! Inside the very reasonably priced souvenier shop is a room full of antique firearms and other weapons, including a gatling gun, as well as hunting trophies (love the moose head!), skins and other historical items! When you enter the room watch out for the whale baleen above you.
In the souvenier shop (free coffee and hot chocolate!) are four antique cars to admire - but there are quite a few more fabulous restored early 1920s cars out the back - don't miss them! I loved the Bantam (Donald Duck's car!)
In Potlatch Park are some carved animals (watch out for the wolves!) as well as totems and a number of replica clan houses with lovely elaborate carvings both outside and in, but you mustn't miss the carving shed where you can learn more about totems and watch Brita carving a large totem.
Tip: don't forget to look up when exploring - there is a bald eagle's nest in the trees and we were lucky enough to see the birds mating!

We organised our own trip – very easy and cheap! It only cost $2pp for all day bus ticket, and admission to Potlatch Park, the museum and Totem Bight was free (+ optional donation).
If you have time, grab a map from the TI on the dock (no need to queue). Take the Blue Line City Bus heading north to Totem Bight State Park ($2 for all day ticket.) It stops in several places near the cruise ship docks, including opposite the carved eagle in front of the tunnel. The bus leaves every hour at 45 past the hour and re-turns from Totem Bight Park (end of the route) at 15 past the hour. Allow one-two hours for the visit (depends on whether you visit the lovely Totem Bight Park next door – see separate review!) and one hour for the bus round trip. To avoid the coach-loads of cruise ship tourists, we caught an early bus: it gets busier later on!

Visited June 2013
5 Thank Margaret151151
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