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Sitka, Alaska

Sitka is also known as the most beautiful seaside community southeast of Alaska. Famous for its amazing scenery, teeming wildlife and historical culture that has garnered twenty-two spots on the National Register of Historical Places in the United States. This dynamic scenic town has a lot to offer visitors with plenty of things to do in Sitka making this a premier destination in the Alaskan state.

Bordered by grandiose snowcapped mountains on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west and hugged by the Baranof Island on the west side, Sitka is the only Inside Passage community in Alaska that faces the Pacific Ocean. Sitka has the unique Russian heritage evidently seen in its picturesque architectural features in some of its oldest buildings. Traveling to Sitka will provide visitors with memories of great natural scenic views, cultural heritage and friendly people.

Best Times to Visit Sitka

Summer is the best time to experience Sitka in Alaska, this season gives traveler ample time to enjoy the wonderful sceneries and best Sitka attractions where 18 and half hours of daylight is expected each day. Winter days are very short and will only last for four hours. High temperature ranges from 37 degrees in January to about 60 degrees Fahrenheit during July.

Best Places to Visit and Exciting Things to Do in Sitka

Sitka is a true haven for nature lovers with number of great Sitka attractions that will educate and thrill visitors. Efforts of conservation and preservation are manifested through its animal sanctuaries that you can visit. Many hiking trails are available that will start right in the heart of the lush tropical forest and will culminate at the peak of high alpine mountains capturing the very essence of nature. Rich in history and culture you will find period inspired Russian influenced structures around Sitka that are noteworthy to visit. Take time and enjoy your stay while admiring Sitka’s natural and unspoiled beauty.

  • VIEW BROWN BEARS at THE FORTRESS of the BEAR - Visiting the Fortress of the Bear sanctuary gives you a glimpse into the life of brown bear amidst their natural habitat. This bear refuge is a ¾ acre enclosed bear habitat that showcases rescued bears for rehabilitation and conservation. The Alaskan brown bears are in no way genetically similar to the ordinary brown bear, various studies pointed out that this bear specie came from Polar bear stranded in this southeast area of Alaska during the ice age. Learn more about the mighty Alaskan bears in this informative and interesting trip.

  • EXPLORE NATURE by HIKING the BEAUTIFUL TRAILS in SITKA - The Herring Cove Trail is an exciting and easy trail that will take you to majestic waterfalls, lush forests and into the amazing Beaver Lake located at the very end of Herring Cove. The Beaver Lake Trail is a magnificent hiking pathway that will pass through an enchanting forest, into shimmering streams and fascinating muskeg then around Beaver Lake. Another great hiking exploration can be experienced along the Indian River Trail. It is a 5 ½ mile long trail along the scenic crystal clear salmon stream leading to the Indian River Falls that cascades from 80 feet high cliff right into the base of the Three Sisters Mountains. This trail will pass through immense rainforest that offers the opportunity to view bald eagles, bears and deer in their own home.

  • WHALE WATCHIG in SITKA - You don’t even have to spend much for a wildlife water cruise just to view Alaskan whales. The Whale Park is located just 4 miles south of downtown, which has viewing spots and boardwalk overlooking the mighty ocean great for free whale watching. If you want to experience whale watching you must be in Sitka during fall season where humpbacks are known to meet in the waters off Sitka. By mid-September until towards the end of the year most humpback whales gather around the area and this will give you a chance to spot 80 of them at one time.

  • TAKE a HISTORICAL and CULTURAL TOUR of SITKA - Sitka is very rich in its historical heritage and you can experience its unique culture by visiting its famous historical sites like the grand Bishop’s House reminiscent of the old Russian colonial period. The Sitka National Historical Park will take you back in time in this magnificent Fort Site where the 1804 historical battle happened. This site was the battlefield where the Sitka Tlingit came as a victor against the Russians. For some native arts like jewelries, gift items and woodcarvings, the Southeast Cultural Center highlights the great works of local artisans. Take time to visit the Sheldon Jackson Museum and include it to your Sitka tours, this is the oldest concrete structure built in 1895 in Alaska. This magnificent but small museum has a Victorian inspired architecture that houses the best ethnographic collection not found elsewhere.

Best Places to Stay while in Sitka

Sitka, Alaska is historically rich with an interesting mix of eclectic culture of Russian influences to the native Tlingit Indian. With the rich culture comes various accommodations from grand hotels, lodging cabins, inns to bed & breakfast all reflecting the unique culture of Sitka.

  • Westmark Sitka Hotel - conveniently located downtown to nearby attractions and shopping area, the Westmark Hotel offers comfort and convenience through their elegant rooms designed to capture the Sitka scenic views from the windows. Great relaxing ambience with excellent service among its accommodating staff.

  • Alaska Ocean View Bed & Breakfast - this charming inn offers the best amenities that any traveler could ever want. Homey ambience with classic elegance provides the best romantic Alaskan getaway. Situated in a quiet neighborhood near the Tongass National Park and just one block from the seashore. With lush gardens and huge windows great for viewing the scenery and watch eagles soar high then quietly perch among the trees.

  • Eagle Bay Inn - good location that is very close to the downtown area, Raptor Center and Totem National Park. Newly built inn with superb full hotel service. Has elegantly designed rooms complete with all amenities. Great mountains and ocean scenic views all around with tranquil ambience, clean and quiet and reasonable prices.

Best Places to Eat in Sitka

  • Channel Club - is a great place to have the best steak and variety of seafood dishes that offers exceptional views of the water. This classic steakhouse has the freshest salad bar that perfectly goes well with any of their tasty meat and fish dishes. Live musical entertainment is available every weekend and for the convenience of its guests they have free pickup and drop-off around town.

  • Van Winkle & Sons - this well-known restaurant serve specialty seafood dishes like Dungeness Crab Cakes, seafood pizza and the best tasting seafood soufflé. Van Winkle has served sumptuous dishes for quite some time now and a usual favorite among locals and tourists. The beautiful dining area has viewing windows that allow diners to see the Sitka’s island harbor.

  • Ludvig’s Bistro - this charming Sitka restaurant offers dishes done in Mediterranean style but with Alaskan seafood flair. Diners can savor the goodness of their Alaska seafood paella or grab some of the best tasting Alaskan scallops cooked in Tuscan style. Cozy and intimate ambience offers visitors a unique dining experience and reservations are needed.

Sitka is a beautiful scenic town of Alaska that truly depicts the eclectic cultural blend of Native and Russian. From historical architecture to scenic mountain views visitors will truly have the most unforgettable Sitka tours that will be part of any visitor’s greatest travel experience.

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