Nearby Attractions

Sitka's attractions reflect the rich natural and cultural history of the area. The Tongass National Forest surrounds the city, providing exceptional recreational opportunities. Learn more about the attractions and recreational opportunities in Sitka by visiting the following sites:
Attractions Surrounding the Park
Alaska Raptor Center

Alaska Raptor Center

Home to a number of bald eagles unable to return to the wild, the center cares for and houses injured birds, including bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons and owls.

Distance from visitor center: 0.2 miles

Sitka Sound Science Center

Sitka Sound Science Center

Dedicated to teaching about the local ecosystem, visitors can handle starfish and sea cucumbers in the intertidal zone aquarium and also tour the working Sheldon Jackson Salmon Hatchery.

Distance from visitor center: 0.2 miles

The Sheldon Jackson Museum has one of the top Alaskan native ethnographic collections in the state.

Having been called a jewel in the crown of Alaska ethnographic collections, visitors can browse dozens of drawers of artifacts and see displays of coastal Alaska native garb and equipment.

Distance from visitor center: 0.3 miles
Sitka Historical Society

A museum that contains elements from all of Sitka’s history, the Sitka Historical Society has exhibits, photographs, artifacts, and archives relating to Sitka’s Tlingit, Russian, and American history.

Distance from visitor center: 0.5 miles

Other Attractions in the Area
Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sitka Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Whether staying in Sitka for a day or a week, Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau articles are an excellent resource, especially the "Sitka in a Day" article.

The U.S. Forest Service maintains the Tongass National Forest.
Tongass National Forest

Comprising the largest temperate rainforest in the world, the Tongass is a place filled with islands and salmon streams, where towering mountains sweep down into old-growth forest and granite cliffs drop into deep fjords.
Alaska State Parks

Alaska State Parks

Encompassing more than 3.3 million acres of rugged, unspoiled terrain, the Alaska State Park System provides endless recreational opportunities year-round, and is a priceless resource for residents and visitors alike.


National Parks in Southeast Alaska
Two other National Parks are located in the southeast region of Alaska:

Representing the “Gateway to the Klondike” and preserving the setting of Klondike Gold Rush boom towns and trails to the Yukon gold, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Skagway, Alaska, commemorates the bravery of the stampeders who voyaged north.

Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines, and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park in Gustavus, Alaska, is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site.

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