The coastal city of Sitka looks westward out into the Gulf of Alaska from Baranof Island (on the part of Alaska that creeps down Canada’s coast). With a population of fewer than 10,000 people, it won’t feel like your average U.S. city—although it’s still the fourth-largest city in the state.St. Michael’s Cathedral, Castle Hill, and the Russian Bishop’s House are remnants of past Russian colonial rule (pre-1867), when the city was called New Archangel. Every October 18, you can watch the lowering of the Russian flag (and the raising of the American one) in commemoration of Alaska Day.
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