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Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, the site of Russia's initial foray into Alaska, has perhaps the richest history of any Alaskan town. Explore the melding of Russian and Native American cultures, while enjoying the unspoiled landscape at the gateway to remote South-East Alaska. Both the local residents and abundant wildlife add to Sitka's authentic feel.

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Sitka, Alaska

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

When the Russian American Company invaded Alaska in 1799, the Tlingit locals greeted them with fierce resistance. The site of this battle and the remains of the Tlingit-built fort are the centre of the Sitka National Historic Park, which also boasts an impressive collection of totem poles. Bring your imagination and perhaps a good camera when you visit this important cultural site!

Other Fun Things to Do

Tour the Russian Bishop's House, built in 1842 for Russian Bishop Saint Innocent Veniaminov, who translated portions of the Bible into Tlingit for the Alaskan natives.
Explore native art at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, which houses an impressive collection of over 5,000 pieces.
See wild birds such as eagles, owls and hawks close-up at the Alaskan Raptor Centre, where injured birds of prey are rehabilitated by veterinarians and returned to the wild.

Sporting Adventures

Sitka is a hiker's paradise, with trails of all levels of difficulty threading through the landscape. You might also try your hand at saltwater fishing or sea kayaking, or simply stroll along the coast investigating the many tide pools.

Get a Taste of Local Flavour

It almost goes without saying that seafood is king in Alaska, and you can sample your fill of King and Dungeness crab and other aquatic treats prepared in an endless variety of styles. Make sure you try Sitka's staple catches: Salmon and halibut.

Shopping for Bargains

Sitka offers a range of shops and galleries, many focusing on traditional crafts and contemporary Alaskan art. Tlingit silver, carvings and woven artefacts share shelf space with Russian paintings and icons. You will also find souvenir boutiques featuring t-shirts, gold nugget jewellery and other gift items to take back home.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the US dollar (USD).

Weather in Sitka, Alaska


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 38° 3.33°
Average Low 27° -2.78°
Mean Temperature 34° 1.11°
Record High 60° 15.56°
Record Low -8° -22.22°
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 8.8 in 22.35 cm

    Before You Visit

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