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TOP-10 Landmarks of Sitka, Alaska by CruiseBe

5 minutes read • June 8th, 2017

Sitka

 is a beautiful port of call greeting all the adventurers discovering The Last Frontier. The city lies on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean. Sitka has a long and eventful history. It attracts many tourists from all over the world with its pristine nature, breathtaking scenery, and

numerous sights

. Let’s check the TOP-10 landmarks of Sitka, Alaska by CruiseBe together!

1.

Alaska Raptor Center


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It is a raptor rehabilitation center and one of the most wonderful places not only in Alaska but throughout the world. You can see eagles, owls, and many other beautiful birds here. People working at the Alaska Raptor Center love their job and all the sanctuary’s inhabitants. This center is located within walking distance from the port and is worth a visit!

2. Sitka National Historical Park
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This Historical Park is a unique combination of nature and history. It offers well-maintained trails through the beautiful forest and beach areas, lovely atmosphere, and the exciting Totem Poles.

3. St. Michael's Cathedral
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If you wish to learn more about Sitka and its history, welcome to this small but very nice church! This cathedral is more than 150 years old and has lots of interesting facts to tell you about the Russian influence on the city and Alaska.

4. Russian Bishop's House
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Photo by: Matt Howry/flickr/CC BY 2.0

After visiting the church, you should pay attention to this historic house that keeps many fascinating facts and secrets. An interesting and very informative exhibition is located on two floors. A guided tour of the Russian Bishop's House is absolutely free!

5. Castle Hill
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Photo by: James Brooks/flickr/CC BY 2.0

This place is known as the Baranof Castle State Historic Site now. It is a perfect observation deck with the mind-blowing view of the harbor, of the lovely city, and its beautiful surroundings. Besides, Castle Hill is full of history.

6. Sitka Historical Museum
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Photo by: Roger W/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

You'll also find history in Sitka Historical Museum. It offers numerous artifacts showing culture and traditions of Sitka from the Tlingit people to nowadays. Well worth a visit!

7. Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall
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Here’s another Sitka’s National Historic Landmark you’ll meet on your way while walking around this friendly city. The building is significant for the Tlingit people and entire Alaska. Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall still remains a political symbol.

8. Old Sitka Site
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Let’s continue our acquaintance with the attractions and history of the lovely city! Old Sitka Site is a significant archaeological site located about 7 miles north of Sitka. It is the place where the first Russian settlement on Baranof Island was organized. Although you won’t find historic buildings here, a great number of scenic hiking trails and a breathtaking beauty all around won’t leave anyone indifferent.

9. Sheldon Jackson College
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This former college building serves as the exciting museum now. By the way, it is the first museum built in Alaska! Sheldon Jackson Museum has many artifacts and stories to surprise you.

10. Tongass National Forest
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Photo by: USDA Forest Service Alaska Region/flickr/CC BY 2.0

Probably it’s a hallmark of Alaska! Beautiful, green, exciting, and a bit mysterious – the Tongass National Forest is a haven for all nature lovers. It is a perfect place for walking, watching birds and animals, admiring natural beauties, and falling in love with our planet again and again!
 
Did you like our virtual tour of Sitka? It’s time for a breathtaking Alaskan cruise!
 
By the way, don’t forget to check the list of the TOP-10 attractions of Juneau, Alaska by CruiseBe!

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