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Learn about the little-known conflict between Russian colonists and the Tlingit people at Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park. This park wasn't dedicated until 1972, but had been preserved since the late 19th century for its cultural and historical value. In 1804, the park was home to the Battle of Sitka between Russians and Tlingits. Now, you can enjoy the park's nature, woodland plants, and wildlife. Walk along paths and spot salmon at the mouth of the Indian River. Take in the craftsmanship of the various totem poles, including the Yaadas Crest Corner Pole, which mark the rich heritage of the region. Finally, visit the Russian Bishop's House, one of the Western Hemisphere's only remaining examples of Russian Colonial architecture. See Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park and all Sitka has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sitka trip planner.
Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park reviews
This was definitely my favorite part of visiting Sitka. The totem poles were very interesting in addition to the informative speech given by the Park Ranger. The park does well to commemorate the...
This was definitely my favorite part of visiting Sitka. The totem poles were very interesting in addition to the informative speech given by the Park Ranger. The park does well to commemorate the... more »
We loved walking through the park and visitor center. Fascinating and beautiful! Highly recommend to all.
We loved walking through the park and visitor center. Fascinating and beautiful! Highly recommend to all. more »
A National historical park in Sitka Alaska with a lot of historical significance. It has a lot of cultural information about the original indigenous tribes called Tlingit. A lot of exhibits of totem poles and it provides information about the battle of Sitka - a conflict between the Tlingit and the Russians. There’s a nice forest trail from this park going to the Alaska Raptor rehabilitation center. It’s about 1/3 miles apart about 10 minutes walk. Beautiful trail with a lot of trees, a river and a bridge. There’s warning signs for bear activities but we didn’t see one when we were hiking. Overall a nice place to visit if you’re in Sitka.
I have visited MANY National Parks and National Historical Parks. While this one obviously has many beautiful totems and some cultural items to see, I was underwhelmed. The totem displays were amazing in one room, but other than that, there’s only one other small room of things to see. Not much. And nothing in the front lobby to commemorate your visit there. This is the very first time I’ve ever visited a National site that didn’t offer even a small gift shop where you can purchase a patch or sticker or something. I didn’t even see a place to make a donation to go towards the park. I still want to give 4 stars because the park was clean and the totems were beautifully displayed. I do still recommend that everyone visit because visiting these National sites is important in learning about our history, other cultures, wildlife and the natural homes. Everyone should try it!
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