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Totem Bight State Historical Park
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$56.00*
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Totem Bight and Ketchikan City Tour
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$45.00*
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Totem Bight and Potlatch Park plus Ketchikan City Tour
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$80.00*
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Ranked #4 of 60 things to do in Ketchikan
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

Totems with great descriptions in a lovely park setting by the water. Volunteers there to explain and the signage is quite good and informative. While these totems are not from the 1800s, they are well done by people who knew all about them. The lodge house is also quite nice. A definite must.There are quite a few totems and you will enjoy the walk.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

I recently spent a day in Ketchikan as part of a cruise and decided to visit Totem Bight. It was easy to get to on the city bus which picked up right near creek street. Tip, don't try to get on the bus near the dock if there are multiple cruise ships in port. The bus was full and only runs once an hour. We had better luck getting on the bus at the museum stop near creek st. The totem poles were interesting, the park brochure explained the meaning of each one. Even though they are replicas, some are 50+ years old. If you want to see older original totem poles, go to the totem heritage museum downtown. Overall, Totem Bight is a nice park to take a walk and learn a little about these unique native american symbols.

11  Thank meowlise
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

This state park is a ways out on north Tongass Highway, but worth the drive if you can make it. Great beach for tide pooling and lots of interesting history with the lodge house and totem poles.

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Reviewed June 12, 2013

Totem Bight is easy to get to from downtown Ketchikan, with a twenty-five minute ride on the city bus (only $1 each way, or you can buy a day pass for $2). The blue-line bus runs once per hour, and that is plenty of time to walk around the park - we caught the bus near the library. There is a stop at the local Walmart if you need to stock up on any supplies.
It was a cool, drizzly day when we visited, but there is a small visitors centre to look around (and they have hot drinks available), and you can get a map of the park. You can also print one off the internet before you go. It was interesting to read about where the original 15 totem poles are located (these are all replicas), most of them were carved in the 30's and 40's although a few have been replaced since then. There is a longhouse that you can go into, and a carving shed that you can look into and see what is currently being worked on.
As we were getting ready to leave, two large tour buses arrived - luckily there was just a small group in the park while we were walking through. If you have a few hours to spare in Ketchikan and are looking for something inexpensive, then this might just fit the bill.

8  Thank pitpat2
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Nice grounds which made a nice stroll looking at totems but as I understood it they are replicas, not the originals. Still very informative.

1  Thank Arlee1971
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