As Alaska’s first capital city, Sitka is steeped in history and natural scenery. The city has no incoming roads and outside travelers must arrive via sea or air. Yet, the raw beauty of Sitka makes it a popular destination for yacht charters.
Located on the outer coast of Alaska’s Inside Passage, the city of Sitka lies at the base of majestic, glacier-carved mountains. The deep blue waters of the Pacific Ocean reflect the stunning magnificence of the city in a perfect tribute. The Tongass National Forest covers most of the southeast portion of Alaska, and this area is no different. Charter guests enjoy cruising through the numerous islands, such as the Alexander Archipelago and Baranof Island, which offer their own lush landscape and share of wildlife.
In addition to the access to peaceful walking trails, abundant wildlife and fishing, and breath-taking scenery, Sitka is home to some of Alaska’s best culture and historic sites. There are twenty-two sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Russian Blockhouse, Russian Bishop’s House, Princess Maksoutoff’s Grave and Castle Hill. Cultural events worth visiting on a Sitka yacht charter include the Summer Music Festival, the New Archangel Dancers performing authentic Russian folk dances, and the collection of Tlingit and Haida totem poles at the Sitka National Historical Park.
Nature lovers will enjoy the hiking trails through the beautiful rainforest up into the mountains, as well as education centers like the Alaska Raptor Center and Fortress of the Bear. The temperature in Sitka reach a high of 62-degrees Fahrenheit in August and a low of 30-degree in January.
Visit Sitka on your next Alaska yacht charter for the perfect combination or nature and culture.