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    Sitka

    National Historical Park Alaska

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

Known as a museum in Sitka that contains elements from all of Sitka’s history, the museum 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.

Did You Know?

A map showing the distribution of the Alaska Native cultures.

Alaska's Native people are divided into eleven distinct cultures, speaking twenty different languages.