The Beauty of Sitka
Fewer places in the world are more remarkable in their beauty, than Sitka, Alaska. The launching point for my Alaskan Dream Cruise, I flew in on a bluebird day, with snow-capped mountains in the distance and canary-colored wildflowers dancing in the early summer breeze. I headed out for an afternoon with Tribal Tours, a locally operated company that was formed by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. All of the guides have a personal connection to Sitka's history and culture; we visited Totem Park, to see and learn about the fascinating history of the totem poles in the Sitka National Historical Park, as well as learned about the culture of the Tlingit people. Our tour also included stops to the Alaska Raptor Center and to the Fortress of the Bear, fascinating wildlife rehabilitation centers where you can have intimate experiences with eagles, grizzly and black bears, and other native wildlife species. On Baranof Island and facing the Gulf of Alaska, Sitka not only provides access into Alaska's Inside Passage, it is a community rich in beauty that radiates a warmth from its people who call Sitka home.
By Ashley Castle Pittman, AFAR Contributor
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209 Lake St, Sitka, AK 99835, USA