Situated on Baranof Island
and nestled between snowy mountains and the Pacific Ocean sits
one of the most beautiful seaside towns in Alaska. Discover
the echoes of Sitka's Russian heyday beneath the onion domes
of St. Michael's Cathedral and at a performance by the New Archangel
on the spot where the United States took possession of Alaska
in 1867 for $7.2 million, less than two cents per acre. The
dramatic setting in the shadow of Mt. Edgecumbe is one of the
loveliest in the Great Land.
Take a stroll through old-growth forest in Sitka
National Historical Park, shop the downtown district and poke
around the Sheldon Jackson Museum for a close-up look at some
of the city's most prized arts, crafts and Russian relics. Sitka
is also blessed with abundant marine wildlife. Get out on the
water aboard a dayboat or kayak, and you'll pass seal haul-outs
and seabird rookeries filled with nature's sights and sounds.
Or visit the fascinating Raptor Center, a renowned Sitka attraction.