Sitka Tourism

The City and Borough of Sitka (Tlingit: Sheetʼká), formerly New Arkhangelsk, or New Archangel under Russian rule (Russian: Ново-Архангельск or Новоaрхангельск, t Novoarkhangelsk), is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean (part of the Alaska Panhandle), in the U.S. state of Alaska. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881. In terms of land area, it is the largest city-borough in the U.S., with a land area of 2,870.3 mi2 (7,434.1 km2) and a total area (including water area) of 4,811.4 mi2 (12,460.8 km2). Urban Sitka, the part that is usually thought of as the "city" of Sitka, is situated on the west side of Baranof Island. The current name Sitka (derived from Sheet’ká, a contraction of the Tlingit Shee At'iká) means "People on the Outside of Baranof Island", whose Tlingit name is Sheet’-ká X'áat'l (here contracted to Shee).


Sitka was originally established by Tlingit Indians and later on furthered to have connections with Russian settlement, therefore garnering the name 'the Russian capital of Alaska'. Not necessarily a tourist destination, Sitka still exhibits a lot of fun opportunities for anyone who graces its border. There are parks like Sitka National Historical Park which provides glimpses of the traditional Tlingit life and other aspects of history. Its National Historic Landmark Castle Hill is another of its site that is quite popular here. History buffs and those who shares a passion for art will find a lot in places like Sheldon Jackson Museum and Sitka Historical Society Museum. There are numerous shops and restaurants too that are spread throughout the city. On your visit here, you can go for activities like tribal tours or solo detour and see everything that the place has in store for you!


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The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Sitka