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 Photo courtesy of Visit Sitka
Photo courtesy of Visit Sitka
Sitka
Sitka is an island community boldly living between the mountains and sea, where the arts flourish and an ancient native culture still thrives. Surrounded by rainforest, we share our home with brown bears, bald eagles and all five species of Pacific salmon. In Sitka, we are deeply connected to the natural world around us. It informs our culture
and inspires our art. Sitka is the place where wilderness and culture collide. Curiosity is encouraged! Are you outdoorsy or a museum fan?
A thrill seeker or a nature lover? Looking for an unusual getaway or an inspiring retreat? In Sitka, we’ve got you covered. Inspire your imagination. Refresh your spirit. Explore, grow and connect with our community’s welcoming spirit.
Sitka has something for everyone. Famous for world-class fishing in salt and fresh water, you can book guided trips or rent a boat and gear for your own adventure. Sitka is the wilderness home to eagles, brown bears, whales, sea lions and all five species of Pacific salmon. The community
is a welcoming melting pot of ancient native Tlingit culture, Russian
trader influence and modern American culture. Visitor highlights include Sitka National Historic Park, the site of the 1804 Battle of Sitka between invading Russian traders and the local Tlingit clan. Russian influence can be found across downtown, most notably at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, an active church that houses an important collection of artifacts and icons that date to the 17th century. Sitka is home to two renowned animal rehabilitation centers that are open to the public – Fortress of the Bear and Alaska Raptor Center. A visit is not complete without tasting a luscious bite of freshly caught local seafood, which can be found at over
a dozen restaurants from one end of the island to the other. And you can purchase fresh seafood to take home or cook at your campsite. Sitka is brimming with local artists who create everything from nature inspired paintings, handwoven baskets to hand carved native metal bracelets. Local artisans create an amazing array of special treats that are locally sourced and locally crafted including handmade soaps, kelp pickles, smoked salmon, pure sea salt and lotions made from the local devil’s club plant.
Being an island community, Sitka is only accessible by water or air. The Alaska Marine Highway Ferry makes regular stops in Sitka, and barges arrive multiple times per week. Sitka offers four RV parks and a free municipal dump station. Suppliers include two hardware stores, an auto supply
store, three grocery stores, four outdoor gear locations and a large marine supply center.
 ROAD TRIP and ferry
WHALES & GLACIERS
This trip begins and ends in Anchorage and encompasses Valdez, Cordova and Whittier, involving a ferry to Cordova and onto Whittier.
The route includes a ferry, so be sure to check the ferry schedule (www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs) when planning.
From Anchorage, head south on Seward Highway which runs along Cook Inlet. At the end of the Turnagain Arm, take the Portage Glacier Highway toward Whittier. A portion of this highway is a single- lane tunnel which opens to Whittier on the half-hour for fifteen minutes and from Whittier on the hour for fifteen minutes, so account for this when looking at
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the ferry schedule. There is a toll of $13 for RVs less than 28 feet long not pulling trailers to use the tunnel. For more information visit dot.alaska.gov. The trip to Valdez takes about 2 hours 45 minutes via the high-speed ferry. Heading north from Valdez, the Richardson Highway is surrounded by sheer canyon walls containing waterfalls and interesting rock formations. There is a six- to eight- hour drive on the Richardson and Glenn Highways back to Anchorage for a full loop.
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Step into the extraordinary.
Sea Mountain Golf Course Sealing Cove RV Park
Sitka Sportsman's Association Starrigavin Recreation Area
Plan your escape:
visitsitka.org/where-to-stay/campinghostelrv-parks ferryalaska.com
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