Insider's Guide to Sitka

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Sitka has the interesting distinction of having been continuously settled for thousands of years, and thus, for being the oldest city in the Northwest. The city itself is a rich cultural blend of local Native Tlingits and American life, sprinkled ... 

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3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2014

Marginal weather decreased visibility.

Doing what: Sitka Seaplane Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Our Guide, Bruce, made the day for us--his knowledge and general help was fantastic.

Doing what: Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This tour was wonderful! We had been to Sitka before, and had seen the Russian influences on this town. But this time we were given a tour of the native culture and wildlife in the area. The Fortress of the bear was a great way to see bears up close, and learn how they were being saved when they became orphaned.

Doing what: Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
July 2014

The tour started late and we had a limited time at Sitka (from cruise ship). The tour guide was way to chatty about personal information and he did this while stopped at no place that was interesting wasting more time. He was not concerned about our time frame saying he it was okay as we were his last tour for the day. We ended up getting back about 40 minutes late and didn't have time left to finish touring the town. Very disappointing!

Doing what: Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2012

This was my first time kayaking so there was a bit of a learning curve for me but great weather and the water was calm. This made for good learning conditions. The guides were extremely knowledgeable about the local area and provided really good information. They provided a warm chowder and cider after the trip. The boat ride to and from the kayak dock was simply breath taking. If you go on a clear day you will see all the surrounding mountain peaks. I am not a water lover naturally but went out of my comfort zone and seriously enjoyed this adventure.

Doing what: Sitka Sea Kayaking Adventure

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