Sitka, Alaska

In 1799, the Russian explorer Alexander Baranof founded New Archangel next to the Tlingit village of Sitka.

This was the beginning of permanent Russian settlement in North America. But New Archangel was destroyed three years later by the Tlingit Indians in an attempt to reclaim their ancestral home. Their brief victory ended in 1804, when Baranof returned with warships and retook Sitka in the Battle of Alaska. Sitka was now the captial of Russian America.

In 1867, the Imperial Russian flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes when the United States purchased Alaska. With the discovery of gold, and the rapid population growth that followed, Alaska's capital was moved north to Juneau in 1906.

Today, picturesque Sitka, sitting opposite snow-capped Mount Edgecumbe, is known for its fishing, its annual summer classical-music festival and, of course, its many historic visitor attractions.

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Points of Interest

  • Outdoor Adventures
  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Wildlife Cruise
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum
  • Sitka National Historical Park
  • New Archangel Dancers
  • Fortress of the Bear
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  • Outdoor Adventures

    Enjoy what is truly an outdoorsman's paradise, with activities you won't find anywhere else. Go for a bike ride and enjoy marine wildlife viewing, hiking, kayaking, nature watching, fishing, ocean rafting and more.

  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral

    An outstanding example of Russian architecture, the cathedral, originally built in 1848, contains an important collection of orthodox art and church treasures and is the seat of the Diocese in Alaska.

  • Alaska Raptor Center

    Dedicated to providing medical care for injured bald eagles and other birds, this non-profit 17-acre center also features a Raptors-in-Residence program that provides a home for birds unable to re-enter the wild.

  • Wildlife Cruise

    Navigate narrow island passages and open bays for an up close look at stunning Alaska wildlife, including whales, sea lions, and bald eagles, that live along the beautiful coastal landscape.

  • Sheldon Jackson Museum

    Established in 1887 by Rev. Sheldon Jackson, Alaska's first museum houses a collection of artifacts from various Alaska Native groups as well as a gift shop featuring native artists' crafts.

  • Sitka National Historical Park

    Alaska's oldest national park was established in 1910 to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka and features stunning coastal trails, towering spruce trees and an extensive totem pole collection.

  • New Archangel Dancers

    Colorful and vibrant, this local all-female group performs authentic Russian and Ukrainian dances of a bygone era in full costume to preserve the history and culture of Russian Alaska.

  • Fortress of the Bear

    View Alaska brown bears as you would encounter them in the wild at this non-profit bear rescue facility. Tour the three-quarter acre habitat and sanctuary for orphaned cubs and watch them from viewing platforms.

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Ghosts of Historic Sitka Walking Tour

1 hours | Sitka | SIT-420
  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Outdoor Adventures

Experience the paranormal side of Sitka! Hear ghastly tales of battles, hangings, prostitution, and even disappearing ships as you walk around the town's most haunted sites. Gaze upon the old military barracks, St. Michael's Cathedral and Rose Hill House and hunt for ghostly spirits at the Russian Cemetery.

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All About Sitka - Russian & Tlingit Heritage Discovery

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-105
  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Sitka National Historical Park

Immerse yourself in the fascinating heritage of Sitka's Russian, Tlingit and American cultures on a two-and-a-half hour excursion that includes a Native folkloric show. Discover local crafts and ancient artifacts at Sitka National Historical Park, hear authentic Tlingit stories and songs around a fire pit and watch a traditional drum ceremony.

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Sitka Pedal & Pub Crawl

2 hours | Sitka | SIT-455
  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Outdoor Adventures

Quench your thirst and satisfy your sense of fun and adventure with a bike and beer pub crawl. Along the way, enjoy the sights from your seat on a 15-passenger bicycle while your guide points out areas of interest and shares the town's intriguing history.

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Historic Sitka Highlights (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-101
  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum
  • Sitka National Historical Park
  • New Archangel Dancers

Enjoy a half-day exploration of Sitka's long and intriguing history. View the artistic legacy of Native peoples at the Sheldon Jackson Museum. Then, discover its Russian colonial roots with visits to Sitka National Historical Park and St. Michael's Cathedral followed by a delightful performance by the New Archangel Dancers.

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Alaska Raptor Center & Rainforest City Walk

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-425
  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Sitka National Historical Park

Discover how man and nature coexist in Sitka's enthralling landscape during a three-hour excursion that begins with a look at birds of prey at the Alaska Raptor Center. Then it's on to Sitka National Historical Park for a scenic walk to the see salmon hatchery at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

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Historic Sitka Highlights

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-100
  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum
  • Sitka National Historical Park
  • New Archangel Dancers

Enjoy a half-day exploration of Sitka's long and intriguing history. View the artistic legacy of Native peoples at the Sheldon Jackson Museum. Then, discover its Russian colonial roots with visits to Sitka National Historical Park and St. Michael's Cathedral followed by a delightful performance by the New Archangel Dancers.

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Artist Walk & Hands-On Glass Demonstration

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-360

Get to know Sitka's artistic side with a leisurely walking tour that takes you inside three acclaimed shops. Meet several local artists and have the opportunity to visit with them about their work. Then, try your hand at creating your own masterpiece at Wild Arts Gallery & Studio, which specializes in glass art.

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Alaska Raptor Center, Totem Park & Tlingit Dance

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-115
  • St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Sitka National Historical Park

Embrace Sitka's unique past on this informative three-and-a-half-hour tour. Visit the Alaska Raptor Center, dedicated to treating injured bald eagles and other birds, stroll past totem poles at the Sitka National Historical Park and hear Native songs and stories in a traditional clan-style house as you drive through time on a discovery of Sitka.

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Birds, Bears & Barnacles

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-120
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Fortress of the Bear

Witness Alaska's remarkable animal kingdom with a half-day excursion that guarantees bald eagles at the Alaska Raptor Center, brown bears at the Fortress of the Bear sanctuary and a menagerie of sea creatures at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

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Birds, Bears & Barnacles (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-121
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Fortress of the Bear

Witness Alaska's remarkable animal kingdom with a half-day excursion that guarantees bald eagles at the Alaska Raptor Center, brown bears at the Fortress of the Bear sanctuary and a menagerie of sea creatures at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

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Tongass Rainforest Hike

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-475
  • Outdoor Adventures

Explore the remote areas of Sitka on this two-and-a-half-hour, active guided hike through the world's largest temperate rainforest to a glistening creek where salmon spawn annually. View stunning mountain vistas, take a tide pool walk along the beach.

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Sitka Bike & Hike Tour

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-450
  • Outdoor Adventures

Trek to a Sitka visitors rarely see on this active three-hour guided bike and hike tour. Cycle along gently rolling hills. Hike to a cascading waterfall and picturesque lake. Ride to a seaside park to observe local wildlife and stunning vistas.

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Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-610
  • Wildlife Cruise

Enjoy guaranteed wildlife viewing on this exciting three-hour, award-winning guided cruise via luxury catamaran through gorgeous Sitka Sound. Observe a stunning array of wildlife and enjoy complimentary snacks. Receive $100 refund if you don't see an otter, whale or bear during your cruise!

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Dry Suit Snorkel Adventure

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-790
  • Outdoor Adventures

Explore the underwater world of Sitka Sound on this moderately active, guided, two-and-a-half hour dry-suit snorkeling adventure! Swim shallow waters teeming with colorful marine life. Float among kelp forests and lush eelgrass beds. Learn about the eco-system as you come back to the beach.

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Ocean Rafting Adventure

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-700
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on a rigorous, two-and-a-half-hour guided excursion via motorized ocean raft through the waters of Sitka Sound. Travel up to 50 mph over ocean swells to majestic volcanic islands. View and photograph the area's abundant wildlife and travel into sea caves carved out by pounding waves.

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Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-770
  • Outdoor Adventures

Embark on an exhilarating, three-hour, guided kayak tour along the rugged Alaska coastline. Paddle through mazes of reef and kelp forest filled with colorful marine life. Glide past rainforests to view otters, eagles, brown bears and even whales. Enjoy a complimentary hot beverage and snack at your floating base camp.

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Sitka Historical Floathouse & Scenic Cruise

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-630
  • Outdoor Adventures

An intimate group joins this cruise that takes you around beautiful Sitka Sound. From your covered and heated cabin cruiser, gaze at the scenery and learn about Sitka's rich local, natural and marine histories. Then, enjoy a visit to a "floathouse," originally built in the 1920s during the logging era.

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Otters, Raptors & Bears

5 hours | Sitka | SIT-615
  • Alaska Raptor Center
  • Wildlife Cruise
  • Fortress of the Bear

Thrill to the sight of Sitka's wildlife with three unique excursions. First, you'll set sail aboard the award-winning Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest. Back on dry land, you'll take a guided tour through the world-famous Alaska Raptor Center. Finally, you'll visit the acclaimed Fortress of the Bear sanctuary.

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Alaska Zodiac Adventure & Fin Island Lodge

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-650
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Wildlife Cruise

Discover Sitka's spectacular chain of rainforest islands, teeming with wildlife, on a thrilling, high-speed zodiac adventure that navigates the waterways for up-close views of the region's amazing biodiversity. Then, dock at Fin Island Lodge and savor a delicious surf-and-turf feast and relax in front of a cozy beach fire.

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Wildlife Quest & Fin Island Lodge

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-640
  • Wildlife Cruise

Discover Sitka's famed wildlife in its waters and on the shores when you board a high-speed Alaska-built catamaran with a comfortable cabin for a wildlife-viewing cruise through Sitka Sound. Then, dock at exclusive Fin Island Lodge and savor a delicious surf-and-turf feast and relax in front of a cozy beach fire.

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Sitka's Great Adventure

6 hours | Sitka | SIT-720
  • Outdoor Adventures

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! Thrill to a small-group adventure led by a wilderness guide that travels to remote locales and introduces the natural and cultural history of the region. Experience an ocean boat ride, visit a traditional floathouse, hike through the national forest and fish on a picturesque lake.

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Sitka Guided Fly Fishing

4 hours | Sitka | SIT-560
  • Outdoor Adventures

Attention, anglers! Get ready to catch the big one. This is the experience many fishermen dream about - the chance to pull in Dolly Varden or steelhead trout. No matter your skill level, learn the secrets of fly fishing with an experienced fishing guide at your side.

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Alaska Wilderness ATV Adventure

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-510
  • Outdoor Adventures

Explore the Alaskan wilderness on this half-day guided 4X4 off-road adventure. Take a boat to Kruzof Island then drive a two-person Yamaha RHINO 4X4 off-road vehicle through temperate rainforest to a wildflower meadow searching for wildlife such as brown bear and Sitka blacktail deer.

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Salmon Sportfishing

4 hours | Sitka | SIT-550
  • Outdoor Adventures

Channel your inner adventurer with this half-day sportfishing adventure via cabin cruiser in Sitka Sound. Enjoy the beauty of the Alaska landscape as you fish the pristine waters teeming with salmon from the comfort of your heated cabin cruiser! Indulge in complimentary drinks and snacks as you fish!

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