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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.

Points of Interest

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

More about Sitka, Alaska Points of Interest

  • 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.

  • Sitka Sound Science Center -

    Home of an active salmon hatchery, saltwater aquariums, and touch tanks where the undersea life is at your fingertips. Exhibits and displays teach about the animals living in the ocean surrounding Sika.

  • 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.

33 Excursions

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Easy Sitka: Historic City Highlights

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-100 S I T - 1 0 0

Easy Activity

From $89.95

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Easy Sitka: Historic City Highlights (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-101 S I T - 1 0 1

Wheelchair Accessible, Easy Activity

From $89.95

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All About Sitka - Russian & Tlingit Heritage Discovery

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-105 S I T - 1 0 5

Easy Activity

From $69.95

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Alaska Raptor Center, Totem Park & Tlingit Dance

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-115 S I T - 1 1 5

Easy Activity

From $84.95

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Birds, Bears & Barnacles

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-120 S I T - 1 2 0

Easy Activity

From $109.95

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Birds, Bears & Barnacles (Wheelchair Accessible)

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-121 S I T - 1 2 1

Wheelchair Accessible, Easy Activity

From $109.95

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Wild Alaska: Alaska Raptor Center & Fortress of the Bear

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-130 S I T - 1 3 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $129.95

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Taste of Sitka - A Food Lover's Tour

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-310 S I T - 3 1 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $99.95

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Metal Torching Alaska Art Class

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-320 S I T - 3 2 0

Moderate Activity

From $289.95

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Artist Walk & Hands-On Glass Demonstration

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-360 S I T - 3 6 0

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $79.95

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Ghosts of Historic Sitka Walking Tour

1 hours | Sitka | SIT-420 S I T - 4 2 0

Easy Activity

From $49.95

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Alaska Raptor Center & Rainforest City Walk

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-425 S I T - 4 2 5

Moderate Activity

From $79.95

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Sitka Bike & Hike Tour

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-450 S I T - 4 5 0

Strenuous Activity

From $109.95

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Sitka Pedal & Pub Crawl

2 hours | Sitka | SIT-455 S I T - 4 5 5

Moderate Activity

From $69.95

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Advanced Mountain Bike Adventure

4 hours | Sitka | SIT-460 S I T - 4 6 0

Strenuous Activity

From $169.95

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Tongass Rainforest Hike

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-475 S I T - 4 7 5

Strenuous Activity

From $109.95

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Guide's Choice Hike

4 hours | Sitka | SIT-480 S I T - 4 8 0

Strenuous Activity

From $149.95

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Alaska Wilderness ATV Adventure

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-510 S I T - 5 1 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $299.95

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Sitka Guided Fly Fishing

4 hours | Sitka | SIT-560 S I T - 5 6 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $289.95

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Alaska Remote Fly Fishing

6 hours | Sitka | SIT-570 S I T - 5 7 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes meal

From $339.95

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Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-610 S I T - 6 1 0

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $164.95

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Best of Sitka: Otters, Raptors & Bears

5 hours | Sitka | SIT-615 S I T - 6 1 5

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From $219.95

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Fortress of the Bear & Silver Bay Homestead Cruise

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-625 S I T - 6 2 5

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $249.95

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Sitka Historical Floathouse & Scenic Cruise

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-630 S I T - 6 3 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $189.95

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Wildlife Quest & Fin Island Lodge

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-640 S I T - 6 4 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $259.95

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Marine Expedition & Wildlife Quest

2.25 hours | Sitka | SIT-645 S I T - 6 4 5

Moderate Activity

From $169.95

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Marine Expedition Cruise & Fin Island Lodge

3.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-650 S I T - 6 5 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $229.95

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Ocean Rafting Adventure

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-700 S I T - 7 0 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

From $209.95

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Sitka's Great Adventure

6 hours | Sitka | SIT-720 S I T - 7 2 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

From $249.95

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WaveRunner Island Exploration

2 hours | Sitka | SIT-730 S I T - 7 3 0

Moderate Activity

From $499.95

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Wilderness Sea Kayaking Adventure

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-770 S I T - 7 7 0

Strenuous Activity, Includes snack

From $199.95

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Siginaka Islands Cruise & Kayak Adventure

3 hours | Sitka | SIT-775 S I T - 7 7 5

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $244.95

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Dry Suit Snorkel Adventure

2.5 hours | Sitka | SIT-790 S I T - 7 9 0

Moderate Activity

From $149.95

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