Tour the Totem Bight

Ketchikan Totem Bight Shore Trip in Alaska
Price: $85.00
Children (Ages 2 and under) are free but must be accounted for.
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic, Walking
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 2 to 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided None
Recommended Dress For all tours in Alaska, we recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible walking shoes that may get wet are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk through a wooded area. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Explore Famous Totem Bight

Ketchikan and totem poles go hand-in-hand. On this informative Ketchikan tour, you'll get to visit one of the city's premier sites and discover the stories behind famous attractions. This is one history lesson you won't want to skip. This Ketchikan tour is ideal for history lovers and photographers, book today for an incredible Alaska shore excursion at a low price.

Your Ketchikan tour will takes you about 15 minutes away from downtown to a place known as Totem Bight. This former fishing camp is home to the colorful totems that are the highlight of this Ketchikan tour. After a short walk through the woods, you'll come across 14 different totem poles, each of which was recovered from overgrown village sites. Upon recovery, they were either duplicated or repaired by skilled carvers.

While at the park, don't miss a historic clan house. This dwelling has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970, undergoing recent renovations to better highlight how Alaskans lived centuries ago. On the way back to your meeting point, you can expect some more noteworthy sightseeing. If you need restaurant recommendations or other suggestions for activities after the tour, your professional guide will be more than happy to help. Book this Ketchikan tour today for your next great vacation.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  8 ReviewsReview This Tour
August 21, 2022
Ended up just being the guide & my husband & myself. She was a native of the area, former teacher & very nice & well versed on. The history of the poles. Interesting, but almost too much info
Reviewer: Robin Manning
4 Stars
Totem Bight
June 09, 2019
Great tour! Carol was an excellent tour guide and shared great information about the totem poles found in the park.
Reviewer: Jeri
5 Stars
Great tour!
June 01, 2019
We really liked this tour in Ketchikan...our guide was great and so enthusiastic about teaching us things, you could tell she knew a lot about it! To be honest we have considered purchasing a totem for our home and was interested to learn from our guide that when you see a face on the body of a totem (not just its head), that means it's where its strength is. So, when we did buy one in Ketchikan to have shipped home, we found one with faces on it too (chest of Eagle, tail and dorsal fin of Orca). Our friends and family think it's really interesting too! I've been reading a few books about the local ones in Alaska too, after this trip. So it inspired me to learn more!
Reviewer: Claire
5 Stars
One of the highlights of Ketchikan
April 26, 2019
So many beautiful totem poles to enjoy here, examples of the Tlingit culture. Pole carvings tell a story, our guide explained the different poles to us, who carved them. The Clan House was a real experience, Guide explained the central fireplace, could have housed to 30-50 people. Adorned with so many beautiful carvings. When in Ketchikan, a truly must see.
Reviewer: Harlan Aliment
5 Stars
Totem Poles
June 22, 2017
Karen was an excellent tour guide. She was so knowledgeable on all the facts behind the stories of the totem. We enjoyed this tour and would recommend it highly.
Reviewer: Louise McKinney
5 Stars
June 22, 2017
... for 75 year old mother. History, cultural education, great totems, and not too much walking. The gift shop stop at the end was cheaper than in town.
Reviewer: PMG
5 Stars