Sitka Suggested Itineraries

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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 with a hearty dose of Russian-colonization-era history. This unique blend of influences makes Sitka a city unlike any other, and while you’re here, it’s best to make the most of this small but culturally rich city.

Day 1: Get to Know Sitka as It Stands Today


Sitka may be tiny, but as you’ve just flown or boated in (no roads connect Sitka to the mainland), you’ve gotten a peek at its surrounding splendor. Today then is best spent getting to know your host town, and there’s no better way to do this than by foot. Sitka’s waterfront and downtown areas are very accessible to the pedestrian, as is the path from Castle Hill to the Sheldon Jackson Museum, so why not spend the day simply walking around town?

Day Two: Delve Deeper

Sitka has a rich history, and this is best represented by its numerous museums. If it’s the history of Sitka’s native peoples you’re after, then perhaps it’s best to spend the day in either the small but friendly Sheldon Jackson Museum, or to walk among towering totem poles in the Sitka National Historic Park along the Coastal Trail. The trail itself is filled with Cyprus and Hemlock, but there’s more than just natural beauty to the park. While here, get your fix of Russian-era Colonialism in the Russian Bishop’s House, which provides a fascinating insight into Alaskan life in the mid 1800s. From there, wrap up the evening at Castle Hill. A short walk for beautiful views of Sitka’s fjord, this is the historic place where Alaska was transferred over to America in 1867.

Day Three: Explore Sitka’s Horizons


You probably spotted it coming in, but Sitka is poised at the doorstep of the great Alaskan outdoors. Don’t pass up this opportunity to get out and see some of the amazing natural beauty Sitka and its surrounding forests have to offer. A good beginning to any introduction to the Alaskan wilderness would be the Alaska Raptor Center, which rehabilitates these birds of prey and offers visitors a chance to see them up-close and personal. After lunch, spend the evening venturing out into old growth rainforest on the Herring Cove Trail (about 1.5 miles each way) that highlights Alaska’s rugged coastline, spectacular views, and even a glittering waterfall awaiting you at trail’s end.
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Sitka Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise and City Sightseeing Tour

This Sitka Super Saver gives you two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Aboard a catamaran, enjoy two hours of gorgeous natural scenery and keep watch for whales, porpoises, otters and birds. Back on land, explore by comfortable van Sitka’s top attractions like Japonski Island and Sitka National Historical Park. Your 2-hour Sitka city tour includes a visit to Fortress of the Bear, where you’ll see adorable bear cubs from a short and safe distance. This small-group experience limited to just six people includes port transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$199.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$199.00 USD

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

Discover Alaska’s historic city of Sitka on this 2-hour, small-group tour limited to just 10 people. A comfortable van takes you across the O’Connell Bridge to Japonski Island. Pass Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Pioneer Home and St Michael’s Cathedral, and listen to engaging commentary on the sites from informative guides. Enjoy up-close views of rescued bears at Fortress of the Bear, and take in the stunning scenery of Sitka National Historical Park and admire its towering totem poles.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Sitka Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour

Be wowed by gorgeous landscapes aboard a smooth-sailing 26-foot Glacier Bay catamaran on this 2-hour whale-watching tour from Sitka. An experienced captain takes a small group — up to just six passengers — to excellent locations to watch for gray whales, humpbacks, porpoises, seals and an array of birds. Learn about the marine life you spot along the way, and snap plenty of frame-worthy photos to take home.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Sitka Sea Kayaking Adventure

Experience Sitka’s natural beauty and animal life on a 3-hour adventure at sea that starts with a sightseeing cruise to a floating base camp, from where you’ll take off on a 1.5-hour kayak tour through the waters of the Gulf of Alaska. With the help of a guide, spot wildlife in and above the water, such as harbor seals and bald eagles, and keep your eyes open for land mammals like brown bears and deer, too. Then warm up with chowder and a hot drink.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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