Russian Culture

Russian Bishop’s House Arguably the most important historical building in Alaska has been lovingly preserved by the National Park Service.

St Michael’s Cathedral The most ornate of Alaska’s surviving Russian Orthodox churches

Castle Hill The erstwhile sentinel that once controlled Russian Alaska is now a poignant monument.

Russian Cemetery Mossy Russian Orthodox graves provide haunting reminders of the past amid clumps of tangled foliage.

Native Alaskan Culture

Sitka National Historical Park One of the finest collections of native totems in the US is hidden artfully in shadowy old-growth forest.

Sheldon Jackson Museum Valuable and detailed collection of priceless Alaskan native artifacts from all over the state.

Tlingit Clan House Fine refurbished example of a traditional native gathering spot complete with fabulous eagle-raven house-screen.

Totem Square Sitka’s breezy central plaza is adorned with an unusual totem pole embellished with a two-headed Russian eagle.

Wildlife

Alaska Raptor Center A genuine bird rehab center specializing in bald eagles that’s well worthy of the entrance fee.

Whale Park Sublime park with free high-powered binoculars handy for spotting humpback whales breaching offshore.

Fortress of the Bear Rescued bears play fight in a repurposed wastewater treatment plant.

Whalefest! Sitka’s annual celebration of the world’s largest mammals comes to the surface in November.

Hiking

Mt Edgecumbe Trail This mini–Mt Fuji that winks at you across Sitka Sound is literally calling out to be climbed.

Gavan Hill Trail Steep climb up multiple steps behind town to gorgeous views above the tree line.

Harbor Mountain Trail You can part drive, part hike up this popular mountain, beloved by locals on summer evenings.

Beaver Lake–Herring Cove Loop Lovely short hike to a small lake past waterfalls and over rustic wooden bridges.