Sitka

St. Michael's Cathedral spire

Sitka is a city of about 9,000 on the Pacific Ocean coast of Baranof Island in Alaska, the largest state in the United States of America. Originally settled by Tlingit Indians, Sitka also has history as a Russian settlement. Sitka was the Russian capital of Alaska, established in 1799 by Alexander Baranof of the Russian American Company. In 1867 when Russia sold Alaska to the U.S., the transfer ceremony took place on Castle Hill at Sitka on October 18, a day celebrated as Alaska Day. Sitka attracts now about a quarter million visitors a year.

Get in

Sitka is situated on Baranof Island on the outer waters of Alaska's Inside Passage, and is accessible only by air and by sea.

By air

By sea

Get around

See

A totem. The top figure is Raven the creator. The human figure represents the first people to settle in Sitka.

Do

Buy

Russian and native handicrafts are featured products.

Eat

There are a nice mix of restaurants in Sitka including: Mediterranean, Mexican, Japanese, and Chinese. Despite the town being relatively small there are about 17 restaurants and a dozen or so other places serving food. The only franchises are McDonalds and Subway.

Drink

Bars

Coffee

Sleep

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