Welcome to Sitka


The bonus for visitors is that Sitka mixes wonderfully preserved history with outstanding natural beauty. Looming on the horizon, across Sitka Sound, is impressive Mt Edgecumbe, an extinct volcano with a graceful cone similar to Japan’s Mt Fuji. Closer in, myriad small, forested islands turn into beautiful ragged silhouettes at sunset, competing for attention with the snowcapped mountains and sharp granite peaks flanking Sitka to the east. And in town picturesque remnants of Sitka’s Russian heritage are tucked around every corner. It’s like Skagway but with less tourists.


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$65 Outdoor Activities

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

After meeting your small group tour at the Harrigan Centennial Hall, you’ll board a comfortable 10-passenger van and head over O’Connell Bridge. Get a great view of Sitka, situated on the edge of Baranof Island at the end of Alaska’s famous Inside Passage. The bridge connects to Japonski Island where you’ll hear about Sitka’s role in World War II. Then continue to the oldest national park in Alaska: Sitka National Historical Park. You'll be amazed as you stroll among the stunning Tlingit and Haida totem poles amidst hemlock and spruce trees on the scenic coastal trail. After, join your guide on a beautiful walk overlooking the Indian River. In the middle of the season, witness salmon spawning while your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the amazing life cycle of the salmon. After your guided walk along the Indian River, you’ll head south along Silver Bay to arrive at Fortress of the Bear, North America’s biggest bear habitat. The habitat is designed to be a natural setting for orphaned bear cubs. You’ll be able to observe the brown bears from as close as 25 feet (8m), getting a great view of the play and habits of these magnificent animals. Experienced staff can answer any questions that you may have about the bears and their rehabilitation. Along the tour, your guide will point out many historical treasures like the Sitka Pioneer Home, Sheldon Jackson Museum, St Michael’s Cathedral, and the Sitka Sound Science Center. Keep an eye out for wildlife throughout your journey, and have your camera handy! After a 2-hour tour of Sitka’s fascinating wildlife and historical highlights, you will end your tour back at the Harrigan Centennial Hall.

$65 Shore Excursions

Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

You’ll start your tour at the Harrigan Centennial Hall where a comfortable 10-passenger van will meet you. Climb on board and head over O’Connell Bridge for a great view of Sitka around you, perched on the edge of Baranof Island, one of the last stops of Alaska’s Inside Passage. Then cross the bridge to Japonski Island where you’ll learn about Sitka’s contribution in World War II. Next you’ll continue to Sitka National Historical Park, the oldest National Park in Alaska. Be amazed by Tlingit and Haida totem poles that stand amid towering spruce and hemlock trees along the park’s scenic coastal trail. After, join your guide on a beautiful walk overlooking the Indian River. In the middle of the season, witness salmon spawning while your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the amazing life cycle of the salmon. After taking in the totem poles, you’ll travel south on a beautiful road along Silver Bay to reach the Fortress of the Bear, the largest bear habitat in North America. The three-quarter acre habitat houses orphaned bear cubs in a naturalized setting. You’ll have the opportunity to get within 25 feet (8m) of the brown bears to watch them, then meet the experienced staff who work with the bears. Other sights that you will see along the way include the Alaska Pioneer Home, St. Michael’s Cathedral, Sheldon Jackson Museum, and the Sitka Sound Science Center. After a 2-hour tour of Sitka’s rich wildlife and historical sites, you will be returned to the Harrigan Centennial Hall in Sitka at the end of your tour. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Sitka Cruise Ship Dock for your ship’s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sitka Scenic Tour- Premium - Alaska Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bears,Totems!

After taking the free ship shuttle to town, where you will meet the owners of your small group tour at the Harrigan Centennial Hall. After being introduced to your guide you'll board a comfortable 10-passenger Nissan NV van to start your adventure of Sitka, situated on the edge of Baranof Island at the end of Alaska's famous Inside Passage. Silver Bay: Your local guide narrates what life is like in Sitka as you drive south to Silver Bay. Here, incredible beauty unfolds around each and every bend in the road. We will stop for an amazing photo opportunity and possible wildlife viewing. We often see whales, eagles, sea lions and salmon jumping.Fortress of The Bear: Next your tour brings you the “Fortress of the Bear”, our most popular stop. Here you will have the opportunity to get within twenty-five feet of our distinctive Brown Bear in a naturalized setting. The three-quarter acre habitat, set against the National Forest, is the largest bear habitat in North America and is complete with covered viewing areas. Meet their experienced rescuers as they share their love and knowledge of this often feared, but yet revered creature of the forest.  Learn the challenges they experience as they seek to rescue these incredible giants.Alaska Raptor Center: Next you will start your private small group tour of this amazing raptor rehabilitation center. Located on a 17–acre campus bordering the Tongass National Forest and Indian River, its primary mission is the rehabilitation of sick and injured eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey which are brought in from all over Alaska. The Center (the largest of its type in the state, and one of the largest in North America) receives between 100–200 birds a year, with many suffering from gunshot wounds and traffic accident-related trauma. The Center's goal is to introduce the birds back into the wild, once they are healed and retrained in "raptor life skills" (such as flying) in the enclosed, Bald Eagle Flight-Training Center. A few of the animals that could not be returned to nature have become permanent guests. You will see up to two dozen resident eagles, hawks, owls, and ravens, who assist in the Center’s secondary function, that of public education.Sitka National Historical Park: You continue to the oldest national park in Alaska: Sitka National Historical Park. You'll be amazed as you stroll among the stunning Tlingit and Haida totem poles amidst hemlock and spruce trees on the scenic coastal trail. After, join your guide on a beautiful walk overlooking the Indian River. In the middle of the season, witness salmon spawning while your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the amazing life cycle of the salmon. All Guests will be given the choice to drive back with your guide or stay longer and stroll the beautiful Sea Walk back to town a 15-20 minute stunning walk.

$200 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sitka Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise and City Sightseeing Tour

Meet your group in front of the 26-foot-long (8-meter) Glacier Bay catamaran for your whale-watching cruise. Once on board, take shelter in a warm, comfortable cabin with large windows, or head out to the spacious deck. Your expert captain, a Sitka local, will take you out to the best sites to spot humpback and gray whales as well as porpoises, sea otters, seals, and some of the nearly 300 bird species that live in the region. The captain will try to customize the tour to your interests, but weather and sea conditions do influence the itinerary for the trip. While wildlife sightings are never guaranteed, it’s likely you will witness spectacular creatures going about their daily lives. In the summer months, humpback and gray whales feast on a buffet of krill, fish and other shrimp-like critters before migrating to warmer climates in the fall. As your guide explains some of their feeding techniques, see if you can spot a thrashing fluke (tail) on the water’s surface. You might also see otters lounging in kelp, or hear seals barking. Return to land and jump in a comfortable 10-passenger van for a 2-hour land tour. Drive over the O’Connell Bridge for a fantastic view of Sitka before heading to Japonski Island, where you’ll hear about Sitka’s role in World War II.For more history, venture over to Sitka National Historical Park to admire the Tlingit and Haida totem poles amidst spruce and hemlock trees. From there, your guide takes you to another part of the park to an easy walking path that overlooks the Indian River. In the middle of the season, witness salmon spawning while your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the amazing life cycle of the salmon.After your brisk walk, leave the park and drive south on a scenic road along Silver Bay. Your trip concludes at Fortress of the Bear, the largest bear reserve in North America. The habitat takes in orphaned bear cubs, and you can observe them from some 25 feet (8m) away. Throughout your visit, you can chat with the knowledgeable staff who take care of the bears.Once your 4-hour combo tour is over, you are transported back to your starting point.

$157.94 Shore Excursions

Sitka Shore Excursion: Sea Kayaking Adventure

While in port in Sitka, embark on an exciting kayak tour in Sitka, sure to be a memorable adventure! Meet your group dockside at the Sitka cruise port and prepare for your Alaskan experience. Suit up in quality rain gear and life jackets and climb aboard a fast, custom-built vessel for an exciting sightseeing tour on the Sitka Sound. Head to the floating base camp and listen as your captain points out native wildlife, including whales!Upon arrival, you’ll be instructed on how to use the two-person kayaks. These safe, stable and easy-to-maneuver crafts let you enjoy the beauty of the protected bays near Sitka. Follow your experienced guide while learning effective paddling techniques, and learn all about the surrounding marine life. Spend approximately 1.5 hours kayaking while taking in the magnificent scenery. Keep an eye out for colorful fish and other sea life, eagles, harbor seals, black-tailed deer or even brown bears! No prior kayaking experience is required and all ages are encouraged to participate on this tour. After kayaking, enjoy a hearty snack including clam chowder, crackers and hot apple cider. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Sitka port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

$26.25 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Alaskan Brewing Company Tasting Experience

Kick back and relax as you partake part in Alaska’s a rich brewing history. Starting from the early explorers of the 18th century through the Gold Rush stampeders, thirsty Alaskans have always sought the brewery's locally made beers.  The Alaskan Brewing Company was the first brewery in Juneau since Prohibition and the 67th registered brewery in the country. Alaskan beers reflect many of the same characteristics of beers that were brewed here during the gold rush era. A wide range of ales like the timeless Amber recipe to alder-smoked malts and Sitka spruce tips, Alaskan beers personify Juneau's homegrown brewing history and originality.  You’ll receive a brief history of Alaskan Brewing Company and how their beer is made while sampling 3 award-winning beers. Large glass viewing walls open up the original 10-barrel brewing system and the inner workings of the brewery. Finish the tour in the main lobby with an additional 3 samples, including a few rough draft brews only available on tour. Best of all, meet our Brew Crew while sampling their work. Sample our beer!  Guests over the age of 21 are welcome to enjoy complimentary samples at the tasting bar, which usually has at least one of the Limited Edition or Rough Draft brews on tap. Please bring photo identification with proof of age with you. Guests under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  A rotating collection of our favorites, Seasonal, Pilot Series and Rough Draft brews, which may include:  Alaskan Amber Ale  Alaskan Icy Bay IPA  Alaskan Summer Ale  Alaskan White Ale  Alaskan Smoked Porter  Alaskan Freeride APA