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Sitka, Alaska is famous for its spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, and culturally rich history and community, including twenty-two places on the National Register of Historic Places. Residents and visitors alike enjoy fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, and simply experiencing all this dynamic town has to offer. There are five maps of Sitka for you to view. Learn about how to travel to Sitka on our Transportation page. Download the PDF version of the guide or view the flash version of the booklet or maps.
Sitka Through Four Seasons Online is the internet companion to our printed guide, freely distributed at various locations throughout Sitka.
"From the blues to the big top, we’ve picked the most intriguing small towns to enjoy arts and smarts...What makes a small town big on culture? For the second year running, we sought a statistical answer to this question by asking the geographic information company Esri to search its databases for small towns and cities—this time, with populations of less than 15,000—that have exceptional concentrations of museums, art galleries, orchestras, theaters, historic sites and other cultural blessings."
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In 2008, Sitka became the first Alaska community to earn a Bicycle Friendly Community award. On Monday, May 14, 2012, Sitka became the first Alaska community to earn a renewal of its Bicycle Friendly Community designation. more...
By Amy Stone
Travel Arts Syndicate
SITKA, Alaska -- Sitka plays down its lusty history of saints and sinners. The little Alaskan town that was a gateway to the 1897 Klondike gold rush opts instead for the beauty of snow-capped mountains reaching down to Pacific waters, a sleeping volcano, a summer music festival and sport fishing that reels in enough salmon and halibut to fill the cargo holds of flights back to the Lower 48. All this comes with a rich Russian history and a poignant Native American heritage. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/26/2658936/all-welcome-in-alaskan-town-of.html#storylink=cpy
Sitka is once again in the news, This Old House, for its amazing historic buildings. The photo is of St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church's See House. The early Alaskan Episcopal Bishop, Peter Trimble Rowe, who is buried in the churchyard, built this house in 1905. The church was built in 1899. The church website is www.stpeters-sitka.org. Check out the Historic Sites map on our maps page.
Sitka prides itself on its diverse cultural heritage and offers a glimpse of a unique chapter of American history while also serving as a gateway to explore the largest temperate rainforest in the world.
Sitka, Alaska joins 11 other great destinations on the 2010 list. We hope that you’ll share website with friends, colleagues and family who share your interest in experiencing America’s authentic heritage when you travel for business or pleasure.
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Sitka was the only town in Alaska chosen to be surveyed for the prestigious destination-stewardship survey for National Geographic Traveler (NGT). And we're proud to say that Sitka ranked 48 out of 109 with a score of 68, 88 being the best score received and 34 the lowest (read the survey panel's comments about Sitka). We think that's pretty good for our small, diverse, historic community where we have adopted, through a collaborative process, a Visitor Industry Plan. NGT says, "In the end, people make the difference. No surprise there. A homegrown sense of stewardship, along with the support of caring visitors, is what will secure the future of our pasts." Thanks for coming to our home and helping us retain our sense of place for future generations of residents and visitors alike.
A long-lost local discovers Sitka's secrets by visiting it over and over again
Edward Readicker-Henderson and Natalie Blackmur
Christine Tibbetts wrote a nice piece about a July 2010 visit to Sitka for the Freelance Travel Writer: http://tiftongazette.com/entertainment/x 955427626/Sitka-Alaska-A-little-city-with-a-big-heritage