This park is Alaska's oldest federally designated park and was established in 1910 to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka. Authentic totem poles set along the scenic coastal trails tell the history of native Tlingit and Haida people with intricate carvings, rich colors, and animal symbols such as bears, ravens, and eagles.
This house is one of the few remaining examples of Russian colonial architecture in North America. Completed in 1842, it was the center of the Russian Orthodox Church until it closed in 1969. Then, the National Park Service restored the property and transformed it into a museum, which now offers guided tours highlighting historic artifacts, the bishop's chambers and a private chapel.
The Alaska Raptor Center has become the state's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center. Each year, it provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds such as hawks, falcons and owls. Trainers lead visitors through insightful tours of the facilities, where you can watch eagles at a flight-training center through one-way mirrors.
While in Sitka, explore the area's natural beauty and abundant wildlife from the water! This 3-hour tour includes a sightseeing cruise out to a floating base camp, followed by 1.5 hours of kayaking through the magnificent waters of the Gulf of Alaska. During your tour, your professional guide will point out the native wildlife that Sitka is famous for, including bald eagles and harbor seals. From the water, you may even spot land mammals, including black-tailed deer and brown bears!