Discover Alaska's famous totem poles at Totem Bight State Park. This seaside park offers sweeping views of the ocean and important cultural interpretation. Begin with a city tour of Ketchikan as you travel along the coastal highway to the park 10 miles away from the busy downtown. Your tour of the beautiful park walks through a natural forest with local vegetation and guided description. Emerge into the totem viewing area and visit a traditional winter dwelling. Gather memories with photographs while your guide shares ancient stories and wisdom.
Begin with a 15 minute Ketchikan city tour that brings history alive and shares Alaska's way of life. When you get to the Totem Bight Park, you will have about 10 minutes walking through the forest to the totem viewing pavilion. Hear about life in ancient times and learn about the traditional winter home for natives of the northwest coast, which offered shelter from sun and storm.Continue your walk to view more totems and smell the fresh sea air on the nearby beach. Total walking is about 300 yards. Conclude your cultural visit at Totem Bight with a stop in the gift shop with many local products including gift size totem poles and decorative items, books, apparel, and a free cup of coffee. Your guide will offer suggestions on shopping and dining on the return trip to the dock as you finish your visit.