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Sitka

Sitka, the largest city in the entire US, area wise (four times the size of Rhode Island), sits on the western shore of the island of Baranof in the Alexander Archipelago in southeast Alaska. It was founded in 1799 by Alexander Baranof, the Russian explorer. Soon Sitka was embroiled in a fierce battle for control between the Tlingit Indians, who wanted Sitka because it was their ancestral land and the Russians led by Baranof, who did not want to let go of their new conquest. In 1804 Baranof won decisively and made Sitka the capital of Russian America. In 1867 the US purchased Alaska. The capital however moved to Juneau in 1906 because of the explosive population growth following the discovery of gold. Sitka is a Tlingit Indian name meaning, “People on the outside of Shee,” the latter being the Tlingit name of Baranof.

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Why visit Sitka ?


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The largest city in the entire US

A colourful blend of Indian, Russian as well as American cultures

Summer temperatures in Sitka range from 48-62 degrees F and it receives about 39 inches of rain a year. Unfortunately means of transport to and from Sitka are not very convenient because of its island location. The weather conditions in Sitka make air travel unreliable and time consuming. The best transport option is the slow moving ferry service. The ferry terminal is located seven miles from downtown.  

Sitka’s most attractive inhabitants are the Humpback whales that are found in abundance in the waters around Sitka. Every year in November, the city celebrates the “Whale Fest” when the huge 40-ton whales migrate to the south between October and January. The nearby area also attracts seabirds including puffins and petrels. For the fest, guest speakers and scientists are invited to accompany the whale watching cruises and make presentations. And they have – hold your breath – sea shanty concerts. Shanties are songs that were sung on the ships by sailors and workmen while toiling. Shanties were popular in the 18th and the 19th century on long sea voyages.  

Sitka offers a colourful blend of Indian, Russian as well as American cultures, thanks to its intriguing history. In the Sitka National Historic Park, totem poles stand majestically amidst a spruce forest. The park has an expanse of 107 acres and a number of totem poles border a forest trail in the park. The Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka boasts of one of the largest collection of native Indian artefacts. The architecture and old buildings in Sitka display a Russian influence. If you are a fan of cathedrals and churches, don’t miss the St. Michaels Cathedral, national historic landmark and a replica of the 100-year-old Russian Orthodox cathedral that burned down in 1966 that was rebuilt. Near the Sitka National park is the Russian Bishop’s house, one of the few surviving examples of Russian colonial style architecture. In 1973 this ancient building was restored and today it stands as a proud testament of the Russian legacy in Alaska.  

The flora and fauns of Sitka attracts nature lovers and the activities like kayaking, hiking appeal to the outdoor enthusiasts.

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