2014 Sitka Vacation Planner

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The official 2014 Sitka Vacation Planner

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    Sitka, Alaska - Patrick Endres

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    Sitka, Alaska - Patrick Endres

    Ocean Kayaking - Barbara Reilly

    Catch of the Day - Don Larson

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    4 | Rich History

    6 | Vibrant Culture

    8 | Legendary Fishing

    10 | Watchable Wildlife

    12 | Wilderness Adventure

    14 | Sitka Loves the Arts

    16 | Events Calendar

    20 | Travel Directory

    32 | Downtown Map

    34 | Outdoor Rec Map

    Getting Here:Getting here is easy on Alaska Airlines, and the view from the sky is amazing.

    Multiple daily fl ights provide a variety of options, and its just a short plane ride from Anchorage or Seattle.

    For a more scenic trip, hop aboard the Alaska Marine Highway, a ferry system that treks up Alaskas beautiful coastline. Vehicles can be transported on

    board, and private cabins are available. The more adventurous and budget-minded can choose to sleep in the viewing areas or on deck

    under the solarium.

    Sitkas picturesque, mountain-lined shores are part of Alaskas Inside Passage and a popular stop for both independent

    boaters and cruise ships. Cruisers seeking a personal, small ship experience will fi nd it on Alaskan Dream Cruises,

    Custom Alaska Cruises, The Boat Company or Un-Cruise Adventures. Visitors who prefer a

    more traditional large ship experience can book through Holland America.

    Once in Sitka, getting around is easy. Downtown is walkable and the city prides

    itself on being a BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY. To explore the road

    system outside of downtown, visitors can choose from car or

    bicycle rentals, taxi cabs, or the RIDE public

    bus system.

    Alaska Airlines Direct FlightTimetable To/from SitkaAnchorage . . 2 hours, 45 minSeattle . . . . . . 2 hours, 15 minJuneau . . . . . . . . . . 30 minutesKetchikan . . . . . . . 45 minutes

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    Sitka, Alaska, Ranks 9th on SmithsoniansTop 20 Best Small Towns to Visit

    Scenic view of Downtown Sitka - Daryl Pederson/AlaskaStock.com

    O n an island in the Alexander Archipelago with roads that give up when they meet forests of massive hemlock and spruce, Sitka is cupped in a bay and protected from the cold, forbidding Gulf of Alaska by rocky green islets. Its this stunning frame that strikes visitors fi rst, inspiring amateurs off Inside Passage cruise ships as well as professional photographers to remove their lens covers.

    There are photo ops galore at Sitka National Historical Park, site of the last major battle between Europeans and Native Americans on the Pacifi c Coast. The parks Totem Trail presents a haunting collection of Native American woodcarving art. Sitka is the most historic community in Alaska, but for me its the thousands of years of occupation by the Tlingit people that add depth of culture, said Teri Rofkar, a Native American weaving artist and Sitka resident.

    The woodcarving comes as a revelation, compelling visitors to see it less as artifact and more as art. The same goes for the miraculous Tlingit spruce root baskets, potlatch hats and Raven

    rattles displayed at the Sheldon Jackson Museum on the campus of a small Presbyterian college, where James Michener lived while writing his epic novel Alaska.

    The Sitka Historical Society and Museum boasts 25,000 vintage photographs portraying local ceremony and society. It shares waterfront Harrigan Centennial Hall with a performing arts center, headquarters for the Sitka Summer Music Festival and Russian New Archangel Dancers. The celebrated Sheetka Kwaan Naa Kahidi native dance company performs in the Tlingit Community House.

    No other town in the 49th state has Sitkas charisma. To wander through its historic downtown is to appreciate how three culturesTlingit, Russian and Americanwere woven together. Built partly on bayfront pilings, the landmark Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall houses the fi rst chapter of an organization founded in 1912 to fi ght discrimination against the states fi rst people. The Lutheran Church, built in 1840 for Swedish and Finnish members of the Russian American Company, and

    onion-domed St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral, with its nearby Russian Bishops House, are reminders of Eastern infl uence.

    Above all looms 3,200-foot Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano said to have attracted the Tlingit people to Sitka even before its last eruption around 2200 B.C. It looked about to explode again in 1974 when local prankster Porky Bickar set fi re to 100 spare tires dropped by chopper in the mouth of the volcanothe whimsical side of Sitkas character. Article by Susan Spano, originally appeared in Smithsonian April 2013

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    Its a rainforest trail leading

    past a series of century-

    old totem poles, through

    towering Sitka Spruce

    swaying in the breeze. The

    cool air punctuated by songs

    of wild birds, the rushing

    waters of Indian River, and

    the knowledge that one of

    Alaskas most epic battles

    took place more than 200

    years ago on this very soil in

    the Sitka National Historical

    Park. Totem Pole in Sitka National Historical Park - Patrick Endres

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    Sitka is a place where stories of the past come to life, and history is tucked into every corner. The Tlingit settled in the area thousands of years ago, living off of the land and the sea. They established and name