Best Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska

best things to do in sitka

Sitka, Alaska.

Located in southeast Alaska, the small town of  Sitka is mostly known for its wildlife, stunning views and tribal culture. With a population under 10,000, there are many opportunities to get out and explore Sitka when visiting. While doing excursions with the cruise line are always a great way to do an organized tour, sometimes doing it on your own is a little cheaper.

Here are some of the best things to do in Sitka:

Sitka Tribal Tours. Learn about the Tlingit way of life and how they live with a tribal tour. Learn local facts, history, culture and a narrated tour with stops at the Sitka Cultural Center, Sitka National Historical Park and watch a dance at the Tribal Community House. www.sitkatours.com

Fortress of the Bear. Almost one full acre of orphaned brown bear cubs that are in a rain forest environment where visitors can view the bears in their habitat. The price is $10 for adults and $4 for children. http://fortressofthebear.org/

Sitka Salmon Tour. Get a behind-the-scenes look that will give you a look at Sitka’s relationship with salmon and their commercial fishery. www.sitkasalmontours.com

Kayak Tour. Take a guided kayake adventure and explore “the coast less paddled.” You will kayak around Sitka sound and passengers extending to the north and south. www.kayaksitka.com

Flightseeing Tour. Board a plane and head out to a remote lake to take lots of pictures, seeing seals, bears and whales along the way. Prices start at $105 per person (minimum 2 people). Transportation is available from pier. www.harrisair.com

Dive and Snorkel. Gear up in a dry suit snorkel the bottom of the sea floor. This our lasts approximately three hours and include one hour of water time. This is a perfect excursion to check out the water wildlife of Alaska while staying comfortable. Email: m.gundaker@yahoo.com for details.

Tips:

  • Sitka is a tender port so make sure you get off the ship early to maximize your day.
  • Enjoy some local seafood, consider a Halibut burger (pricy $20) but delicious.
  • Free wifi is available right off the pier at the Sitka Welcome Center and Public Library.
  • A local coffee shop that is three blocks from the pier is Highliners, this off-the-path shop has great steaming brews and a 90-minute (blazing fast) wifi code with purchase.

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