Sitka is nestled on mountainous Baranof Island and protected by a myriad of small-forested islands. Looming in the distance, Sitka's Mt. Fuji look-alike volcano, dormant Mount Edgecumbe, magnificently rises 3,200 feet. Ancient Sitka hosted the Tlingit natives, with their living culture still practiced today. Sitka was the capital of Russian-America until its transfer to the U.S. in 1867, on top of historical Sitka's Castle Hill. This multicultural city, combined with the abundance of spectacular scenery and Alaskan hospitality, makes Sitka by the Sea a natural place to visit!
Sitka National Historical Park is Alaska's oldest federally designated park established in 1910, to commemorate the 1804 Russian and Tlingit Battle. The indoor and outdoor collection of totem poles are fine representations of traditional Native art. Housed in the park, the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center is an exceptional art studio for visitors to observe Tlingit artists performing their native craft.
St. Michael's Cathedral is a
picturesque focal point in Sitka, topped by its magnificent
onion-shaped domes and accented by gold crosses. It was the first
Russian church built in America (1844-48), destroyed by fire in 1966,
rebuilt and today displays precious icons and religious artifacts saved
by a human-chain from the burning fire.
Location: Sitka is located on the outer west coast of Baranof Island, situated in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage.
Access: Daily jet service from Seattle (2 hours), Anchorage (2 hours via Juneau) and southeastern communities; Alaska Marine Highway state ferry, floatplane service, all classes of cruise vessels. No mainland road access.
Accommodations: Six hotels/motels (275 rooms), approx. 48 bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals, one youth hostel, many fishing lodges. 3 public and 1 private campgrounds (2 specifically are RV only). 33 coffee or snack shops and restaurants, many located in the downtown area.
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