Sitka National Historical Park

Sitka National Historical Park

Quick Facts

Sitka National Historical Park

Alaska

(907) 747-0110

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Overview

As Alaska's oldest national park, Sitka National Historical Park commemorates the Battle of 1804 in Sitka as well as Native totemic art. This 113-acre park includes the scenic Totem Trail. Exhibits in the Visitor Center and the Russian Bishop's House offer historical activities for visitors of all ages, and is accessible.

Sitka National Historical Park also offers visitors a chance to experience the natural world. You can walk in a temperate rain forest under towering trees, observe migrating salmon, explore the intertidal zone, and study wildlife. Park rangers present a variety of naturalist programs to assist visitors in their understanding of the park's natural environment.

Map of Sitka

Latitude, Longitude: 57.045924, -135.316204

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock, Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a watershed battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit; park visitors are awed by Tlingit and Haida totem poles standing along the park's scenic coastal trail; and the restored Russian Bishop's House speaks of Russia's little known colonial legacy in North America.

Seasonality/Weather

The Visitor Center is open to the public throughout the year. The Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center, totem poles, and museum exhibits are located in the building.

Sitka experiences a temperate maritime climate, characterized by heavy precipitation and a small temperature range between seasons. Summer temperatures range from high 50s to high 60s F with frequent rain. Winter is rainy and snowy with temperatures from the high teens to the 40s F. Well prepared visitors will have rain gear and layered clothing at any time of year.

Park Partners

Alaska Geographic

Look to Alaska Geographic for the most comprehensive selection of books, maps, and films about Sitka National Historical Park. As the park's official nonprofit education partner and bookstore, Alaska Geographic offers an extensive collection of titles on the area's natural and cultural heritage, provides financial support for the park's interpretive programs and other educational offerings, and works to connect visitors with Alaska's magnificent wildlands.

Alaska Geographic operates the bookstore at the park visitor center in Sitka. Your purchase directly benefits Sitka National Historical Park--a portion of every sale supports the park's educational and interpretive programs.

Alaska Geographic members receive exclusive benefits, including discounts online and at Alaska Geographic bookstores statewide. To find out more, become a member, or browse the online bookstore, visit www.alaskageographic.org.

(907) 274-8440

Directions

Driving

Sitka National Historical Park is located in downtown Sitka, Alaska. Sitka is situated on Baranof Island on the outer coast of Alaska's Inside Passage. No roads reach the city from the mainland; Sitka can be reached only by air or sea. Visitors can travel to Sitka by scheduled and charter air services, ferry, and cruise ships.

Once in Sitka, visitors without their own vehicles can travel to the park by foot, rental car, taxi, bus, or bicycle. The downtown area is not very large, and most points of interest are within walking distance of each other.

The park Visitor Center is located at the east end of Lincoln Street, approximately one-fourth mile from downtown Sitka. The Visitor Center and Russian Bishop's House are located about a ten minute walk apart in this essentially urban park. The park map provides a detailed view of both facilities and the park trails.

Flying

Daily jet service is available from Seattle, Anchorage, and Juneau.

Air taxi companies fly a network of routes that link Sitka to Juneau, Haines, Skagway, and other southeast Alaska towns.

Public Transportation

Sitka is a port of call for passenger ferries on the Alaska Marine Highway System. Many cruise ships schedule a stop in Sitka on their Inside Passage itineraries.

Once in Sitka, visitors without their own vehicles can travel to the park by foot, rental car, taxi, bus, or bicycle. The downtown area is not very large, and most points of interest are within walking distance of each other.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 747-0110

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