Things To Do In Sitka
1. Get Out on the Water
With wildlife, islands, and WWII history, the waters around Sitka make for a fascinating exploration by kayak. Paddle out to see it all on a sea kayaking tour you won’t soon forget. If you’d rather explore the area on a ship, you can charter a private yacht for the ultimate multi-day sailing adventure.
2. Explore Town
From Alaska Natives to Russians, Sitka boasts a rich history and a fascinating blend of cultures. Explore it by strolling through town and stopping at notable points like the Sitka National Historical Park and St. Michael’s Cathedral. To get even further into the culture, see a Tlingit native dance at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Kahidi Community House.
3. Go for a Hike
From waterfall-lined trails to routes that end at the top of scenic mountains, Sitka boasts an extensive trail system and many amazing hikes with captivating features. Lace up your hiking boots and go exploring!
4. See the Wildlife
Look for salmon, bears, birds, and whales at several wildlife viewing points around town and on the water. To see all types of salmon and other fish, head to the Arched Bridge; at the glacially carved inlet of Redoubt Bay you can also spot fish, as well as whales, seals, and sea otters. Or see marine creatures up close at the Sitka Sound Science Center and majestic birds at the Alaska Raptor Center.
Sitka Day Tours & Attractions View All
Begin in downtown Sitka, where you’ll take a motorized, rigid-hull inflatable on a 15- to 20-minute ride across beautiful Sitka Sound, with the massive volcano Mt. Edgecumbe providing a dramatic backdrop. Look for marine wildlife on your way to a unique float house in a small, protected bay where you’ll kayak across shimmering water.
Discover Southeast Alaska’s natural wonders aboard a chartered sailboat with Sailing Alaska. Customize your private expedition with experienced captain John Joeright and enjoy all-inclusive meals, comfortable accommodations, and endless adventures on the 46-foot S/V Shamrock. Watch whales, hike, fish, visit local communities, and more — all at your own pace.
In the coastal Southeast Alaskan town of Sitka, marine wildlife typically plays out on a big scenic backdrop. At Sitka’s unique Science Center, you’ll find a salmon hatchery and aquarium. Wildlife fans get an up-close look at the marine creatures that make this part of Alaska so special.
You’ll look eagles in the eye at this raptor rehab and education center on the edge of Tongass National Forest. You’ll get a close-up look at a snowy owl, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, great-horned owl, red-tailed hawk, and even the tiny northern saw-whet owl.
$485 per person / $2800 for whole boat up to 6 passengers
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Explore Alaska’s hot springs and glaciers aboard a unique ship that puts you behind the helm and lets you man the sails. This Southeast Alaska-based tour operator will leave you with a new definition of what it means to have a once-in-a-lifetime Alaskan adventure. You’ll explore away from the crowds, getting an up-close view of wildlife, scenery, hot springs, and glaciers.
Sitka Parks & Trails View All
Close to town on moderate terrain, this trail is a popular destination for locals and travelers and is used for everything from family walks to trail runs. The trail follows the turquoise blue Indian River up through the valley to a waterfall. This riverside terrain makes it a good place to look for birds and other wildlife like deer. In late summer, the river fills with salmon (though fishing is prohibited). The bears have their own trail on ...more
Sitka was Alaska’s first official Bike-Friendly Community, and it shows. Bike lanes and racks abound. Besides 14 miles of paved roads, there are many mountain biking trails, and even a new, single-track route of the intimate experience of riding through old-growth forest.
This is a beautiful hike in June and July, when the alpine wildflowers are at their peak. But it’s a beautiful hike anytime, because the views from up top — facing Mount Edgecumbe and overlooking Sitka Sound — are awesome. There are two ways up this mountain: a big climb or a big drive.