Set foot in the jewel of Alaska – Sitka. A blend of rich cultural heritage, abundant wildlife, and captivating landscapes that’s sure to quench your thirst for a unique, exhilarating adventure.

Founded by Russian fur traders as New Archangel in 1799, Sitka was the historic centre of Russia’s Alaskan empire. The Russian flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes when the United States purchased the Alaska territory in 1867.

Today, picturesque Sitka, is known for its fishing industry, an annual summer classical music festival and, of course, its many historic visitor attractions. On a clear day Sitka, the only city in southeast Alaska that actually fronts the Pacific Ocean, rivals Juneau for the sheer beauty of its surroundings.

  • Historical Haven: History surrounds you in Sitka. This was the place where the United States officially bought Alaska from Russia. Take a trip back in time by visiting the Sitka National Historic Park. This park, brimming with towering totem poles, whispers stories of the Tlingit people, native inhabitants of this area. Make sure to pass by the Russian Bishop’s House, a relic of Russian influence that paints a vivid image of 19th-century life in Sitka.
  • Nature’s Playground: For you nature enthusiasts, Sitka has an array of ecological treasures waiting to be explored. Sitka is home to the Alaska Raptor Center, a place where injured eagles, hawks, and owls are cared for – a must-visit for wildlife aficionados. Don’t forget your binoculars, as you’re bound to spot whales breaching the sea surface or bears roaming in the wilderness of the Fortress of the Bear.
  • Breathtaking Scenery: Step into Sitka Sound and be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of the Pacific. Go hiking in the Tongass National Forest and bear witness to Alaska’s untamed beauty. From majestic mountains to lush rainforests and serene waterways, the sights here are sure to leave you awe-struck.
  • Adventure Galore: Fancy yourself an adventurer? Venture out on a kayak and paddle among the humpback whales, seals, and sea otters in the Pacific Ocean. Or, join a fishing expedition and try your luck at catching salmon, halibut, or rockfish.
  • Alaskan Culinary Journey: Satisfy your taste buds with local delicacies. Fresh seafood is a must-try, with crab, salmon, and halibut caught daily. And, for dessert, savor the wild berry products, including jams, jellies, and even syrups.
  • Local Events: Immerse yourself in the culture and community by attending one of Sitka’s annual events. The Summer Music Festival is a celebration of classical music that runs throughout June, while the Sitka WhaleFest in November is a scientific symposium filled with community activities.
  • Art and Creativity: Find inspiration in the local art scene. The Sheldon Jackson Museum houses an impressive collection of native art. Take a piece of Sitka back with you by picking up a local art piece from one of the many galleries or gift shops.

Sitka is more than just a port city; it’s a vibrant mix of culture, history, and untouched wilderness that provides endless opportunities for exploration. Every moment spent is a memory made. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, an adventurer, or a foodie, Sitka has something for everyone. Come, embark on a journey you’ll never forget. Welcome to Sitka – where history meets wilderness!