Welcome to Sitka
For the seekers of treasures natural, cultural and historical, Sitka is that treasure island.
With views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water’s edge, Sitka is considered Alaska’s most beautiful seaside town. Yet Sitka’s hallmark is its tenure and devotion to a culturally diverse past.
Ancestral home of the Tlingit Indians, captured by the Russians, sold to the Americans – Sitka carries the legacy of each. While this fascinating heritage is well documented in local museums, Sitka’s ancestry isn’t found only in shelved archives and artifacts. Rather it is all around.
Sitka is home to 24 attractions listed on the National Register of Historic Places, seven of which are National Historical Landmarks. Visitors won’t find a lack of explanation for the incredible sites, whether embarking on one of several walking or vehicle tours, or chatting with a long-time resident. Sitkans are rightfully proud and simply eager to share the folklore.
Sitka has over 200 rooms, including hotels, charming bed and breakfasts and lodges, as well as several campgrounds and RV facilities. A variety of dining styles and meals are available for your eating pleasure, including authentic Alaskan fare and Northwest cuisine.
Sitka’s enticing shops and galleries carry unique items to fit a variety of budgets: traditional Tlingit designs in silver, totem poles, carvings, and woven baskets; Russian lacquer boxes, nesting dolls, icons, and paintings; and contemporary Alaskan artwork, sculpture, wearable art, and gold nuggets. The quality and diversity of items found in Sitka is unsurpassed in any other community throughout the Inside Passage.
Visitors will always find the bounty they are looking for, which is inseparable from the people. It is Sitka’s citizens who will make you feel at home, who will appease your curiosity, and give you cause to remember your journey to a real treasure island.