Sitka Independent Shore Excursions

Location & Geography

Sitka is on Baranof Island and is only accessible by air or water. Downtown Sitka is roughly 7 miles from the cruise ship docks and getting downtown can easily accomplished with a quick ride in either a taxi or shuttle bus.

What to See and Do

Sitka offers a fascinating look into Alaskan history. Some noteworthy ways to learn about Sitka’s fascinating history are:
  • Sitka National Historical park - this park preserves the site of the 1804 Battle of Sitka in which the Tlingit were defeated by the Russian invaders who won control of the area. Includes an impressive collection of totem poles.
  • Russian Bishops House – House built for Bishop Innocent Veniaminov in 1843.
  • Sheldon Jackson Museum – collection of over 5,000 objects of native art and culture.

Also worth checking out is the Alaska Raptor Center which takes in and cares for birds of prey that are injured.

History

Sitka holds a fascinating place in Alaskan history. Sitka’s location was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago. The Russians settled Old Sitka in 1799 which was later renamed New Archangel.

Sitka was the site for the signing of the Alaskan Purchase on October 18th, 1867 for $7.2 million dollars…or roughly $.02 per acre.

Weather

Sitka has an oceanic climate with moderate temperatures and abundant precipitation. During the cruise ship season average highs are in the upper 50’s and the lows in the upper 40’s or low 50’s. Precipitation can be expected on more than ˝ of the days.