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Sitka Introduction


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The setting of Sitka, Alaska, in a tranquil bay on Baranof Island, is nothing short of spectacular. Tiny islands dense with evergreen trees dot the blue-green water, which is crisscrossed by dozens of fishing boats. Looming over the town and waterfront is Mount Edgecumbe, a Mount Fuji look-alike located on a nearby island.  Click here to see the full Sitka travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sitka Geography


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Sitka is one of southeast Alaska's most picturesque communities. Accessible only by air or sea (like most southeast Alaska communities), Sitka sits on the outer coast of Baranof Island in serene Sitka Sound, a body of water that protects the community from the pounding Pacific Ocean but not from the rain. The average annual precipitation measures 96 in/244 cm, including 39 in/99 cm of snow.   Click here to see the full Sitka travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sitka History


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The Russian-American Company's insatiable search for sea-otter fur lured the Russians to the Sitka region in 1799. The Kiksadi Clan of the Tlingit people living in the area refused to become slaves to the fur traders and attacked the Russian outpost in 1802, killing most of the Russians and their Aleut slaves. Two years later, company manager Alexander Baranof retaliated and drove out the Tlingits, founding New Archangel—which became Sitka—and built a stockade on what became known as Castle Hill.  Click here to see the full Sitka travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sitka Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Sightseeing in Sitka provides visitors with a glimpse of Russian, U.S. and Tlingit cultures and conflicts in the area. A must-see is the Sitka National Historical Park.   Click here to see the full Sitka travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sitka Nightlife


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Typical of a small town, Sitka isn't brimming with nightlife activities. What you will find, however, is a handful of classy and salty bars filled with colorful locals.  Click here to see the full Sitka travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sitka Restaurants & Dining


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Sitka's restaurant options are limited, and most prominently feature seafood.   Click here to see the full Sitka travel guide on Travel42 »

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