Sitka's many attractions include: Alaska Day, Alaska Raptor Center, Baranof Castle Hill, Naa Kah?di Dancers who perform within the Sheet'k Kwan Naa Kahdi, Russian Bishop's House, Saint Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, St. Michael's Cathedral, Saint Peter's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka Historical Museum, Sitka Jazz Festival, Sitka Lutheran Church, Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka Pioneer Home, Sitka Summer Music Festival, Swan Lake, Tongass National Forest, Whale Fest. The plants and creatures of Sitka and it is surrounding area will also be a notable attraction. Day cruises and guided day trips (hiking) are large enterprises in Sitka. Floatplane "flightseeing" excursions really are a breathtaking method to view the area's many sights from high above. Sitka's unique position to be straddled between the Gulf of mexico and the most mountainous island within the Alexander Archipelago creates a plentiful variety of outdoor opportunities:
You can find great accomodations in Sitka. For anyone seeking relaxation and convenience we highly recommend the Fairweather Dreams and Fairweather Suites vacation rental apartments operated by the people behind Fairweather Prints the famous wearable art brand. Along with some great amenities they are walking distance from some of Sitka's major sightseeing attractions. For everybody who is researching a visit to Sitka we've got some pointers. Sitka has a lot to offer travelers.
The Baranof Cross-Island Trail, which results in the small community of Baranof Warm Springs around the eastern side from the island, is really a popular summer backpacking trip. Only serious and experienced backpackers, or individuals with an experienced guide, should undertake this type of trip because of volatile climate conditions in the mountains and also the required crossings of icefields with crevasses. The dormant volcano Mount Edgecumbe is another popular mountain to summit and includes a seven-mile (11 km) trail as much as the top. Guided day-trips can be found, but the trip doesn't need much knowledge to attempt. The officially unnamed, but informally named Peak 5390 (the name comes from its height in feet) may be the highest point on Baranof Island along with a demanding climb. Few individuals undertake this peak; those interested should talk to one who has summited previously. Kayaking is really a popular activity and small guided day excursions can be found locally. For extended trips, popular destinations range from the Baranof Island-located outposts of Goddard hot springs, Baranof Warm Springs, Port Alexander, Port Armstrong, or Port Walter. White Sulphur Hot Springs (around the western side of Chichagof Island) is another destination for ocean kayakers. For locations nearer to Sitka, U.S. Forest Service cabins are popular. There exist several maintained trails within the Sitka area, many of which are accessible from Sitka's road system. Popular trails include Indian River Trail, Beaver Lake Trail, Mosquito Cove Trail, Harbor Mountain/Gavin Hill Trail, Redoubt Lake Trail, Mount Verstovia Trail, and Shelikof Trail.