Top Things To Do In Sitka

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Sitka

First City Of Alaska

Sitka is a charming and scenic island community in Southeast Alaska with a population of approximately 9,000, the 4th largest city in Alaska. Accessible only by air or sea, Sitka offers incredible scenery, fishing, hiking, abundant wildlife, and remains one of Alaska's favorite destination cities for both locals and visitors.
 
Heavily influenced by early Russian settlers, as shown by Sitka's downtown St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral with onion dome, it was the location, where, in 1867, the United States purchased Alaska from the Russians. On this day Sitka became Alaska's first capital city. 

Sitka Shopping
 
Sitka's downtown shopping area is a convenient walk from Sitka's Harrigan Centennial Hall, the centrally-located drop-off point for many cruise and bus visitors. Enjoy a leisurely stroll of shops offering quality art, jewelry, souvenirs, quilts, and of course authentic Russian-inspired ornaments and gifts.

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Sitka Activities
 
Whether you are an active outdoor enthusiast or just looking for a comfortable nature getaway, Sitka is a trip highlight. Due to the protected alcoves and inlets that keep the ocean current at bay, seeing Sitka by boat, whether whale watching, kayaking, or fly fishing, is a great way to explore all that Sitka has to offer.
 
If educational opportunities are more of interest, make sure to stop by the Alaska Raptor Center to see rehabilitating bald eagles, owls, and hawks, The Sitka Sound Science Center to learn all about spawning salmon and local ocean habitat, or Fortress Of A Bear, a sanctuary for injured bears.

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Sitka Restaurants
 
Sitka is a very proud fishing community. And you know what that means - fresh seafood! While Sitka may be small by normal city standards, there is no shortage of delicious, fresh-off-the-boat seafood at many of the local restaurants. Try as much as you can!

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About Sitka
 
Sitka has a proud Russian heritage and served as the capital of Russian America until 1867 when Alaska was purchased by the United States. Today, you can learn about Sitka's Russian influence with the New Archangel Dancers, who perform traditional Russian dance during the summers.
 
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to Sitka, whether you long to stroll the Sitka National Historical Park filled with ancient Sitka spruce trees and original Tlingit totem poles or hike Mt. Edgecumbe, an extinct volcano, Sitka is an outdoor paradise.

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