About Alaska - Sitka
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Sitka is located on Baranoff Island, and one of the few "outer coast" communities in Southeast Alaska. Often referred to as “Sitka by the Sea”, it is one of the most beautiful and scenic towns in Southeast. While the Tlingit people originally settled in Sitka some 10,000 years ago, it wasn’t until 1799 that the Russians arrived, and made it the Capital of Russian America. As out of the way as it appears now, the settlement was once called the Paris of the Pacific, and was one of the most important west coast ports for the first half of the Nineteenth century. Sitka remains to be an important port for both commercial fisherman, Cruise ships, and many locally based charter operators. Its colorful history and blend of both Native and Russian influences give the town itself a charm unlike any other port in Southeast. Visiting yachts can benefit from a deepwater port and over a mile of transient moorage for boats up to 200ft. There is also a myriad of shoreside attractions, shopping, restaurants, and museums… most of which are all accessible on foot. The recently re-done seawalk is a great way to navigate the town and take in the stunning landscape. Like most towns in the Southeast, Sitka is only accessible by air or sea, but does have regular jet service daily in the summertime with direct flights from Seattle and to other instate cities.
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