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Discover Sitka, Alaska

Small Town, Big Community

One of Sitka’s unique qualities is its natural beauty and how that is artistically expressed. Sitka, Alaska is famous for its spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and culturally rich history and community, including twenty-two sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Whether you are visiting by ship, plane or passing through on the ferry, we hope you enjoy this special place.

Welcome to Sitka, Alaska, where the natural beauty seamlessly merges with artistic expression, creating a unique tapestry of experiences. Situated within this coastal paradise, Sitka stands as a testament to nature’s wonders, boasting spectacular scenery that ranges from majestic mountains to pristine waters, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in its breathtaking landscapes.

Beyond its scenic allure, Sitka is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, offering encounters with diverse marine life, soaring eagles, and the occasional glimpse of bears exploring their natural habitat. The city’s vibrant history is woven into the very fabric of its streets, with twenty-two sites proudly listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each corner of Sitka tells a story, inviting visitors to delve into its culturally rich heritage and vibrant community spirit.

Whether you arrive by ship, plane, or ferry, Sitka extends a warm invitation to explore its wonders. Every mode of transport offers a unique perspective, promising unforgettable views of this coastal gem. We hope you take the time to relish every moment in this special place, embracing not only its natural splendor but also the artistic expression that makes Sitka truly exceptional.

Immerse Yourself in Wild Alaska

Sitka, Alaska is located in one of the few temperate rainforests in the world. The Tongass National Forest spreads over 17 million acres. Venture into the dense woods to glimpse grizzly bears, bald eagles, wild salmon and an array of plants only found here.

 

Nature's Symphony

Exploring Sitka's Biodiverse Wonderland

Immerse yourself in the untouched splendor of Sitka, Alaska, a hidden gem nestled within one of the world’s rare temperate rainforests. Surrounded by the vast expanse of the Tongass National Forest, spanning over 17 million acres, Sitka offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with nature in its purest form.

As you venture into the dense woods, be prepared to witness the awe-inspiring sight of grizzly bears meandering through the undergrowth, soaring bald eagles casting their majestic shadows, and the magnificent journey of wild salmon navigating their way upstream. This biodiverse haven is also home to a unique array of plant species, some of which are exclusive to this lush ecosystem, making every step a discovery in itself.

In Sitka, the rhythm of life harmonizes with the natural world, creating a serene atmosphere where you can rejuvenate your spirit. Whether you’re captivated by the vibrant hues of wildflowers or the ancient wisdom conveyed by towering trees, this city invites you to explore its rich biodiversity. From leisurely hikes along verdant trails to thrilling wildlife encounters, Sitka’s natural beauty is an endless source of inspiration and wonder. Embrace the opportunity to tread lightly upon the Earth and witness the delicate balance of life in one of nature’s last frontiers.

The wild country of the Tongass National Forest surrounds Sitka on three sides with the Pacific Ocean on the fourth. A well developed trail system begins with a 10 minute walk from downtown Sitka that will put you on the fringe of true wilderness.

Two excellent resources for hiking Sitka are the Forest Sitka Ranger District and Sitka Trail Works.

Step back in time by visiting the Sitka History Museum. Dive into Alaska Native heritage and learn about the Russian and Tlingit impact on Sitka by exploring St. Michael’s Cathedral and the Sitka National Historic Park.

Your Ultimate Guide

One of Sitka, Alaska’s unique qualities is its natural beauty and how that is artistically expressed.​ The Community is alive with arts, culture, and celebrations all year round. Our event guide is your passport to this captivating city.

 

Local Happenings

Your Ultimate Guide to Events, Activities, and Experiences

Whether you’re planning your trip for next week or next year, Sitka’s vibrant tapestry of events ensures an enriching experience in this Alaskan gem.

For music aficionados, the Sitka Summer Music Festival resonates with world-class melodies. Dive into history at the Alaska Day Festival, where captivating parades and cultural performances celebrate the region’s heritage. Unleash your creativity at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp, offering workshops in various artistic realms. Foodies can indulge in the Sitka Seafood Festival, savoring the flavors of the sea, while nature enthusiasts can explore the Sitka National Historical Park’s totem poles or embark on outdoor adventures like hiking and fishing. Film buffs have a haven in the Sitka Film Festival, showcasing compelling independent films. Intellectual minds can find solace in the Sitka Arts and Science Festival, a unique blend of creativity and knowledge.

Our event guide is your passport to this captivating city. Immerse yourself in Sitka’s culture, history, art, and nature. Let the adventures begin!

Share Your Sitka Story

Use #TravelSitka To Be Featured On Our Website

Every visitor to Sitka brings a unique perspective to our city, and we invite you to share your experience with us and the world! Use the hashtag #TravelSitka on your social media posts, and your memories could be featured on our website. Whether it’s a breathtaking sunrise, a delicious local dish, a memorable cultural encounter, or a scenic hiking adventure, your stories and photos can inspire others to explore Sitka’s wonders. 

Join us in capturing the essence of your Sitka journey and let your experiences become part of our community’s vibrant tapestry of travel tales. So, remember to share your Sitka moments with us and let your adventure inspire fellow travelers!

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DON’T FORGET! The Change Your Latitude—57 ° North Open Water Challenge is now open for registration. It is the furthest north open water swim and offers an adventure like no other. Organized by the Baranof Barracuda Swim Club in Sitka, Alaska, this renowned event attracts swimmers seeking a unique and challenging experience in the cold, pristine waters of Sitka Sound.
Swimmers can choose from various distances, including 10k (6.2 miles), 6k (3.7 miles), 3k (1.9 miles), and 1k (0.6 miles) options. Solo and relay options are available for each distance. Water temperatures during the event typically range from the mid to upper 50s Fahrenheit, adding an extra element of challenge to the swim.
This event is known for its stunning natural surroundings, including mountain backdrops, salmon sightings, and the occasional sea lion encounter, making it a truly unforgettable open-water swim experience.
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After a long day in the field, the Marine Debris Foundation board is gathered at Sitka’s Centennial Hall for another day of meetings to discuss plans for the next two years. 
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Our first fishing report of the 2024 season is live! Highlights include a recap of our Hook It & Cook It kickoff event, and the play-by-play of the first Guided Angler Fish (GAF) halibut landed this season!😃🎣 
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We kicked the season off with our 17th annual Hook It and Cook It event. A huge thank you to Lucas and Ludger Szmania for another year of savory dishes and great company. Keep an eye out for our newsletter this week that will include all the delicious meals they made. 
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