Sitka is a remote park, located on Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska. Most visitors are here for the day, arriving by cruise ship. This trip is designed to fit within the time constraints of that visit. Other options for exploration are available if you have more time to spend at the park.
Most visitors start their visit at Centennial Hall, in downtown Sitka. From this location, the best way to start you visit is to travel the ½ mile to the visitor center. There you can receive orientation, and enjoy the exhibits.
The next thing to do would be to explore the trails that begin at the visitor center. Rain jackets are always recommended for this portion of your trip.
After hiking in the rainforest, a visit to the Russian Bishop’s house is a great way to end your visit. Take a step back in time to the 1840’s, while you learn about Russian American culture and history.
There is no official park hotel or any lodging run by Sitka National Historical Park. You’ll want to look for lodging outside the park.
You can reach Sitka by plane or boat (e.g. cruise ship, or Alaska Marine Highway).
Plane: Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez airport has daily jet service year round through Alaska Airlines, and seasonally with Delta Airlines. Direct flights to Sitka are available via Anchorage, Juneau and Seattle.
Boat: Numerous large cruise lines offer trips to Sitka and other ports of call throughout Southeast Alaska. Smaller cruise lines and specialty tours are also available for those seeking a smaller, more personalized experience. The Alaska Marine Highway is a good option for independent travelers wishing to ‘custom create’ their own trip throughout the Inside Passage.