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Introducing Sitka

Russians established Southeast Alaska’s first nonindigenous settlement here in 1799, and the town flourished on fur. Today Sitka sees itself as both the cultural center of the Southeast and its most beautiful city, because it’s the only one facing the Pacific Ocean.

The Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau (907-747-5940; www.sitka.org; 330 Harbor Dr; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri) is located across the street from St Michael’s Cathedral, and also staffs a desk in the Centennial Building. The USFS office (907-747-6671; 204 Siginaka Way; 8am-4:30pm Mon-Fri) can provide hiking and kayaking information for the area.