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Culture and Heritage

Sitka is a historic fusion of the Tlingit intermingled with Russian-American influences. This robust duality emanates from the local galleries, art, downtown architecture, dance performances and local museums. Discover age-old stories of Alaska’s Tlingit people at Sitka National Historic Park and learn about Russia’s little-known colonial legacy in North American during the early 19th century. While San Francisco was only a sleepy cow town, Sitka’s opulence had already earned it the distinction as the “Paris of the Pacific.” A casual downtown stroll will reveal such gems as St. Michael’s Cathedral, an active Russian Orthodox Church whose onion-shaped domes have graced Sitka’s skyline for nearly two centuries.

map of Inside Passage highlighting Sitka

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The Southeast Alaska Tourism Council is a cooperative marketing organization whose members represent the convention and visitors bureaus of Alaska’s Inside Passage.