Arts & Culture
Recently voted as one of a dozen Distinctive Destinations in the nation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Sitka has a rich history. The local Tlingit Indians have resided in the area for approximately 10,000 years. Many artifacts from the area and around Alaska can be seen at the Sheldon Jackson Museum. Once, the Russian American capitol, the influence of the time period is still present. Tours of the Russian Bishop’s House and St. Michael’s Cathedral are offered during summer months. Historically called “Paris of the Pacific,” Sitka has always boasted a love of the arts. Home to the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Sitka Jazz Festival, world renowned musicians visit and share their talents. The New Archangel Dancers and the Sheetka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Dancers perform regularly in the summer months.
Whalefest is a celebration of the local marine mammal population and the annual humpback whale migration through the area.
The Alaska Raptor Center is a rehabilitation facility for bald eagles as well as an education center offering a close up look at these and other amazing birds. Tours are offered regularly.
Sitka, Alaska is home to world class salmon and halibut fishing. Local charter operators offer an array of fishing options from half day excursions to week long outings.
Hiking & Trails
Sitka is located in the Tongass National Forest, the largest temperate rain forest in the world. There are many great trails, whether you are looking for a pleasant stroll or a vigorous adventure, you can find it here.
Some of our most popular trails include: Sitka National Historical Park (Totem Park), Mosquito Cove and Starigavin Creek, Harbor Mountain, Indian River, Sitka Cross Trail and Gavin Hill, Thimbleberry/Heart Lake, Beaver Lake, and Herring Cove.
Discover the beauty of our rugged coastline, many islands, and bays in a kayak. Several companies offer tours. This is a great way to take in the scenery and a chance to see wildlife.