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Sitka, Alaska

Sitka - AlaskaThe town of Sitka showcases the best features the state of Alaska has to offer. Whether you long to lie in wait (in protected surroundings) for bears and whales to emerge, sit on the back of a sport-fishing boat holding the largest pole you’ve ever seen or explore the culture, history and architecture of this town of converging and conflicting influences, Sitka has activities aplenty for you.
On first seeing the quaint town of just 9,300, many visitors liken the layout and architecture to an old, seaside English village. With two harbors, there is plenty of space for brightly colored boats, masts racing each other to the sky. Perhaps the quaint impression comes from the Russian influences that contributed to Sitka’s early history. Contained by snow-capped mountains on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west, both the terrain and the city infrastructure intrigue visitors. Halibut Fishing in AlaskaDespite is small size, Alaska Airlines planes land and take off daily coming and going to and from Anchorage and Seattle, Washington. Further, the Alaska Marine Highway ferries provide year-round service for passengers and vehicles. Cruise lines like Princess and Alaska sail the Inside Passage and dock at Sitka. Once you land in Sitka, getting around the town is just as easy as getting there. Rental cars, hotel shuttles, buses and taxis abound. To get more up close and personal to the town, visitors sometimes chose to walk or rent bikes.

 

ACTIVITIES IN SITKA

Outdoors

While Alaska is famous for frequent bear, elk and whale sightings, in the summer while on an ocean cruise, you’re also likely to see sea otters, dolphins, sea lions, whales and puffins! If sport-fishing is your idea of
The Tongass National Forest, stretches 500 miles along the southeast coast of Alaska. It constitutes the heart of the world's largest remaining temperate rainforest. Its towering groves of ancient trees contain families of eagles, grizzlies, wolves and salmon.
Take one of the forty miles of mountain and forested hikes to hopefully see bear, mountain goats, deer, a variety of birds and other animals. The Stikine River Delta is popular for bird-watching during the spring migration. At Blind Slough, on Mitkof Island, trumpeter swans live year round. Forest streams provide interesting opportunities to view salmon during spawning season. Dog Salmon Fishpass and Margaret Lake Fish Ladder contain fish ladders so that visitors can watch pink, coho, chum, sockeye and steelhead salmon leap the pass.
The Alaska Raptor Center, located near the Tongass National Forest, offers tours and education programs. Started in a concerned citizen’s back yard, the center has grown to a 17-acre campus where paid staff and volunteers rehabilitate 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds each year.

Culture

Throughout Sitka, visitors find exhibits and remnants of Russian culture as well as the native Tinglit peoples who lived for thousands of years before any Russian or American set foot on Alaska’s rocky shores. The Sitka Historical Society and Museum displays both ancient artifacts and photos of some of the first Russian and American settlements. Sitka National Historic Park offers workshops on native Tinglit arts and crafts, allowing guests to try their hands at working with natural materials to create tools and décor.

Activities

Refusing to rest on its amazing scenery and wildlife, Sitka organizes some amazing gatherings every year. The annual Salmon Derby, the Alaskan Logging Championship, the Sitka Summer Music Festival and the Alaska Fine Arts Camp draw visitors from around the world. You can find more information on all of these festivities on the internet.

 

Above the Sound: An Eagles’ Nest View

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Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska

Situated high above the waters of Sitka, Above the Sound Vacation Rental ensures that guests have front row seating to the best wildlife and ocean mammal viewing. Overlooking Sitka Sound, this one-bedroom, one-bath mountain-side apartment boasts a large deck, from which guests can view, not one, but several favorite roosting trees of local eagles. Moving their gaze a little farther out, guests spot the Orcas (killer whales), humpback whales and dolphins weaving in and out of the shrimp and fishing vessels entering the sound.
The home’s amenities include a washer and dryer, TV, VCR, DVD, phone and high-speed wireless internet. From the property, guests can easily find hiking, fishing and kayaking information, rentals and services. Halibut Point Recreational Beach is within walking distance. Just three miles from downtown Sitka, this overlook getaway lies very close to Harbor Mountain Drive. Bedding can be set up as two twin beds or one king, depending on guest preference.

Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska
Above The Sound, Sitka, Alaska