Sitka, AK
Alaska
By Jasmine McGee

On the west side of Baranof Island, you’ll find the city of Sitka. This Alaskan seaside community is known for receiving a nice dosage of sunshine and having a great view of the majestic snow-capped mountains.

Getting to Sitka is possible by air. Located in the city is Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT). WhatsCheaper.com can help you book your flight today. Click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to begin searching for a flight. After you’ve found a flight, you’ll surely be concerned about accommodations and where on earth you’ll be staying in Sitka. WhatsCheaper.com can ease your worries and help you find a place to stay warm at night. Click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to use WhatsCheaper.com’s hotel finder.

Your stay in Sitka should be about playing and exploring what the city has to offer. Sitka has an abundance of natural resources, so nature lovers will truly enjoy partaking in the sights. The region is home to sea otters, sea lions, and stunning humpback whales. It’s truly a breathtaking sight to watch the majestic humpback whales breaching, lunging, and porpoising. For a close up spectacular view, consider taking an ocean-going chartered tour.

Want to see Sitka from another perspective? Then take a Seaplane tour and experience an aerial view of Sitka. One of the main sights you’ll take note of is Mt. Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano. You’ll want to have your camera handy so you can capture some stunning aerial shots, and after your Seaplane tour, don’t miss out on the chance to go kayaking, diving, ocean rafting, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you’re in an even more adventurous mood, you can also hike up the rugged hiking trail on Mt. Edgecumbe.

As aforementioned, Sitka is known for its abundance of natural beauty. Located 16 miles south of Sitka is Goddard Hot Springs. This attraction has hot tubs with natural hot and cold spring waters. You can get to the springs by boat or floatplane and once you arrive, you can walk across boardwalks to access various springs and outhouses. If you’re looking for another hot spring place to visit, then be sure to check out Baranof Warm Springs.

Sitka is home to great Russian-American heritage. The Tlinget People have lived in Sitka for over 50 centuries and you can experience their history at Sitka National Historical Park. The park spans over 107 acres and it’s home to the Tlingit Indian Fort, as well as a collection of beautiful Haida & Tlinget totem poles that give visitors a sense of the strong Tlinget heritage in the region. To learn more about the culture of the Tlinget people, visit the Sitka Cultural Center and the Sitka Historical Society & Museum.

WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends visiting Sitka during the Sitka Summer Music Festival. If you love the arts and culture, then you won’t want to miss out on the exciting festival that includes world-class chamber music and music/art by the Tlinget people. Even if you don’t visit during the festival, then you can still enjoy the art of local artisans in the village. Sitka is home to basket weaves, silver carvers, robe weavers, and wood carvers, so you’ll have more than a handful of souvenirs to bring home.

Ranging from the arts to great outdoor activities and wildlife views, Sitka, Alaska is a great Alaskan getaway. WhatsCheaper.com hopes that you’ll enjoy your stay and have the chance to see the majestic humpback whales breaching.

MUST SEE IN Sitka, AK LIST:

  • 1. Sitka National Historic Park
  • 2. Sheldon Jackson Museum
  • 3. Russian Bishop's House
  • 4. Alaska Raptor Center
  • 5. Fortress of the Bear
  • 6. Baranof Castle State Historic Site
  • 7. Sitka Sound Science Center
  • 8. Sitka Historical Museum
  • 9. Heart Lake Trail
  • 10. Herring Cove Trail

Sitka, AK EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Sitka Jazz Festival - February
  • 2. Sitka ArtiGras - March
  • 3. Blessing of the Fleet - March
  • 4. Welcome to Sitka Day - May
  • 5. Sitka Salmon Derby - May/June
  • 6. Red Dirt BBQ - June
  • 7. HomeSkillet Music Festival - July
  • 8. Sitka Seafood Festival - August
  • 9. Alaska Day - October
  • 10. Annual Sitka Whalefest - November

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