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Ketchikan Totem Bight State Park Excursion Reviews

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Parks such as Ketchikan Totem Bight State Park feature recreated Native Alaskan villages with traditional homes for a taste of native history and mythology.

zetaome

1 review

We had a wonderful driver/guide for this part of the tour. He took us on a brief tour of the city, then brought us out to Totem Bight State Park.

Once at the park, he led us on a tour through the woods, and described in detail everything we were seeing. He told wonderful stories about different totems, and even entertained us with stories on the return bus ride.

The path way is uneven and although there are benches scattered throughout, I don't think they are close enough together for someone that would have trouble walking.


Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

cruzin4

4 reviews

great way to learn about the native cultures of the Pacific Northwest. It is a short tour. Our tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable .


Provider: Princess Cruises

56suzy

1 review

We took the public bus line to Totem Bight State park ($1 per person, one way). The bus runs on the hour. We viewed the Totem poles and the Clan house well with in an hour. May have spent longer there but the rain was miserable. Don't miss the totem and souvenir next door to the park. This place is a museum in of itself with old cars and guns.


Provider: Independent Operator

dosi33

1 review

We did the Totems, Eagles, and Lighthouses tour through ShoreTrips. The scenery was absolutely beautiful and I was especially glad that they provided binoculars for us to use. We got great pictures of the totem poles and tons of gorgeous eagle shots. I was a little disappointed in the lighthouse though. It seemed pretty modern and was not nearly as "romantic" as the one's on the Georgia coast. The guides were very friendly and helped us find the animals and other interesting things to see.


Provider: Independent Operator

John C of SC

1 review

We had a very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. The excursion ened with a lumberjack show, which was sort of corney, but still very enjoyable.


Provider: Princess Cruises

SnowBird Cruzer

3 reviews

We rented a car from First City Car Rental. He met us under the "Welcome to Ketchikan" sign and after signing some papers, we were on our way! We drove up the one and only highway to Ward Lake Campground and hiked around said lake. The salmon were spawning. We didn't see any bear, but we did encounter some fresh scat though! One pile was VERY fresh, and aromatic.
We also visited Settler's Creek and Totem Bight. Settler's Creek has an easy 1/4 mile hike to a beautiful step waterfall. Lots of salmon trying to get upstream there too.


Provider: Royal Caribbean International

Peaker4k

1 review

The bus ride to the State Park was a little long but the driver/guide made it interesting. She was knowledgeable and informative and she even baked cookies for the group to snack on at the gift store after the tour. The gift store featured Native-made carvings and contained a museum with antique firearms (including a Gatling gun) and cars. After hearing comments from other passengers I'd probably opt for the Saxman Native Village instead.


Provider: Princess Cruises

RetiredTravelerTN

1 review

Took the city bus out to the park where we had an hour and twenty minutes to enjoy the totem poles. The buses run hourly.


Provider: Independent Operator

kwogni

2 reviews

At $50 per person, it was a bit of a disappointment.


Provider: Independent Operator

karen of PA

2 reviews

Educational and informative. I enjoyed visiting the clan house.


Provider: Princess Cruises

Cruise Xpert

1 review

Very educational! The Tour Guide Ed was excellent and funny!


Provider: Princess Cruises

HeinBloed

13 reviews

Transportation was nightmare as driver could not handle air-condition so some in the bus had sauna while other had fridge. As it was raining outside and cold the best way to get sick.


Provider: Independent Operator

rickyace33

1 review

Do not waste a penny going to see either of these attractions. We got the feeling that the totem poles were manufactured and painted by someone trying to make a buck. The clan house, they admit is a "replica".

Provider: Princess Cruises

Troyer5

2 reviews

At this port, mother purchased tickets on the pier. They waited to leave until more cruise ships were in. We were the 1st of 4 in that day. The guide was a native to this city and was in the Raven/Bear tribe. He gave a talk about how the town was constructed and stopped in a few places on the way. At the park we indepently walked and looked at the totem in one area. At that time the Carnival Spirit was getting in. At the carving shed he braided souvenir for the group while the carver was giving the talk. He took us into a house when free,there were 2 other tours there also. He told the story of Eagle Boy and fisher woman. On the way back to town he had some items that we passed around and he talked about. While waiting we looked around the pier around and walked Creek Street when back. A Princess and HAL ships were also in.

Provider: Independent Operator

FunGranny

4 reviews

Ed, our driver and guide did an excellent job. He was very informative.

Provider: Holland America Line

416christina

1 review

Nice, educational and in small groups which is really preferred.

Provider: Independent Operator

Ms. bear

1 review

With the Saxon Sourdough tour, we rode in a small van which took us on a drive in and around Ketchikan. We stopped at many spots where we saw eagles and bears. The actual tour of the Saxon Village was disappointing because so much of the time was taken up in the earlier stops that our time at the village to see the totem poles was limited.

Provider: Holland America Line

GICNJC

2 reviews

cruise critic van trip that was excellent.

Provider: Independent Operator

xmasteach

3 reviews

Took the blue line, $2 round trip, self guided tour of park, should not be missed.

Provider: Independent Operator

kaiachris

2 reviews

interesting to see totems being made in the old methods.

Provider: Disney Cruise Line

JulesBee

1 review

The Totem State Park and the bears were great. The Park is beautiful and it was fun to watch the bears, but our tour guide was just plain awful! My daughter and I were able to just ignore him and have our own fun, but it was pricey and not really worth the money. The only excursion we didn't book through Holland America, and the only excursion we regretted. We also went to the Lumberjack Show and it was a lot of fun. It was a great stop especially if you have kids.

Provider: Independent Operator

refswife

1 review

Nice tour of Totem Bight Park. It's location is lovely sitting right on the edge of the water and all of the totems were really unique! The path thru the dense trees and vegetation from the parking lot to the totems was beautiful. Had plenty of time afterwards to take pics on your own or wander thru the gift shop.

Provider: Princess Cruises

AZDee

1 review

This one was a little underwhelming....

Provider: Celebrity Cruises

ChillKat

1 review

We took the city buses (The Bus) blue line out to the park $1.00 each way, about 30 minutes to get there from the docks, 45 minutes to do a self guided tour with pamphlets provided by the state park and 30 minutes back (the bus picks you back up an hour after dropping you off). If you want to see totem poles this is a good place. We enjoyed the park and seeing and learning about all the totem poles and replica clan house on a picturesque setting on the water. The buses were easy to get on and off-we downloaded a schedule ahead of time or you can pick on up at the visitor center at the ship docks.

Provider: Independent Operator

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