Nestled on Baranof Island and protected by a myriad of small-forested islands, Sitka is a town not lacking in character. Aside from it being home to native Tlinglits with the cultures still being practiced today, it was also the capital of Russia-America until its transfer to the U.S. in 1867. It is in Castle Hill that the Russian flag was lowered and the American flag raised.
Easily managed by foot, we walked around town browsing through shops, walking along the harbor.
The first Russian church built in America, St. Michael’s Cathedral is a picturesque focal point in Sitka, topped by its magnificent onion-shaped dome. And in addition to many historical sights and museums, as in many of Alaska towns, Sitka has a wide range of outdoor activities… fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking…
Oh and that focal photo? That’s my way of taking my hat off to one of the best tasting, juiciest burger I’ve ever had. Not exactly a “burger person”, this particular one called me at first sight and am I glad I listened. 😉
Hop on over to Little Red House for more fun mosaics.