For those seeking Alaskan treasures natural, cultural and historical, Sitka is your treasure island. Rated in 2013 by “Smithsonian Magazine” as the ninth best small town to visit in America, Sitka is a beautiful seaside town with views of island-studded waters and stately spruce forests reaching to the water’s edge.
This area was once the ancestral home of Tlingit Indians, who were captured by the Russians and then sold to the Americans. While this fascinating heritage is well documented in local museums, such as the Sheldon Jackson Museum, Sitka’s ancestry isn’t found only in shelved archives and artifacts. Sitka is home to 24 attractions listed on the National Register of Historic Places, seven of which are National Historical Landmarks. Visitors won’t find a lack of explanation for these incredible sites, whether embarking on one of several walking or vehicle tours, or chatting with long-time residents.