What to Do in Sitka, Alaska, Top 10 List

In spite of being a small town, there is a lot to see and do in Sitka, Alaska.

If you just have a few hours in Sitka, here’s some of the top 10 things to see and do from a local’s perspective (in no particular order).

English: St. Michael's Cathedral (Sitka, Alaska)

English: St. Michael’s Cathedral (Sitka, Alaska) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. St. Michael’s Cathedral, Russian Orthodox Church: Replica of 1844 built church
  2. Fortress of the Bear; This nonprofit organization rescues orphaned bears from certain death.
  3. Alaska Raptor Center: Hospital and rehabilitation center for injured or sick Bald Eagles and other birds of prey.
  4. Sitka National Historic Park/Totem Park: Walk amongst the towering totems in Alaska’s oldest National Park.
  5. Sheldon Jackson Museum: Alaska’s oldest museum houses an amazing collection of native american (Tlingit)  artifacts.
  6. Russian Bishop’s House: One of the last surviving examples of Russian architecture in North America. Building built in 1844.
  7. Baranof Castle/Castle Hill: This is the site where the Alaska Purchase took place on October 18, 1867.
  8. Sitka Sound Science Center: Great place to take kids.
  9. Beachcombing at the shore of Totem Park during low tide.
  10. Shop at the many locally owned shops located on Lincoln Street in downtown Sitka.
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10 Little Known Facts About Sitka Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

  1. Sitka is the first and oldest city in Alaska, some sources say it is 10,000 years old

  2. For 63 years Sitka was a major Russian port. (Fur trading)

  3. Sitka was the site of the signing of the Alaska purchase on October 18th, 1867.

  4. The City and Borough of Sitka, Alaska, encompasses 4,710 square miles, making it the largest city in the United States.

  5. Sitka, Alaska is the 4th largest city in Alaska by population after Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. (Population around 9,000)

  6. Sitka was featured in the hit US movie, “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock, although most of the scenes of the city are actually filmed in Boston

  7. Smithsonian Magazine named Sitka number 9 in the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013

  8. Travel Channel Recently Featured Sitka on their popular show “Bizarre Foods

  9. James Michener lived here while writing his epic novel Alaska

  10. John O Connell Bridge between Baranof and Japonski Island is the first cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere.

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