Theobroma Chocolate Factory Tour: Take a tour of this delightful little chocolate factory and you may be offered a free sample of their deliciously decadent chocolate truffles. www.theobromachocolate.com
Sitka Summer Music Festival: In June gifted musicians from around the world perform gather in Sitka to perform the best in professional chamber music in at scenic Harrigan Centennial Hall with its glass backdrop showcasing majestic snow-capped mountains, soaring bald eagles, and gliding fishing vessels; the setting is as unforgettable as the music. For information and tickets contact the Sitka Summer Music Festival’s website at: www.sitkamusicfestival.org
Whale Festival: Whales have been sited in the Sitka area every month of the year but in the fall their numbers peak as they prepare for their journey to Hawaii. They feed on the dense populations of herring hanging out near Sitka’s shore line. Therefore, typically, the first weekend in November, noted marine biologists gather in Sitka to share their latest data with each other and with the public in an outstanding three day whale symposium, which typically includes a sea chanty concert, banquet, market at whalefest, whale watching excursions in addition to the educational slide show presentations. Sitka Whale Festival’s link: www.sitkawhalefest.org
Sheldon Jackson Museum: Alaska’s oldest museum is said to be housing the world’s oldest collection of Alaska native artifacts gathered from all regions of the state. Plan to allow extra time to view this outstanding collection and don’t forget to peek into the drawers and cabinets. Sheldon Jackson Museum: www.museums.state.ak.us/sheldon_jackson/sjhome.html
Sitka National Historic Park and Cultural Center: This beautiful 107 acre rainforest park is a preservation of the site of a Tlingit Indian Fort and an important battle fought between the Russians and the Tlingits in 1804. A fine collection of Totem Poles dot the oceanside trail as it meanders through the forest, hence, also known as Totem Pole Park. The park offers an outstanding culture center and small museum. Sitka National Historic Park: www.nps.gov/sitk/index.htm
Isabel Miller Museum: Located downtown in Harrigan Centennial Hall is packed with treasures from Sitka’s rich past. You’ll enjoy the realistic diorama of the Russian Fort during Sitka’s Russian era. Isabel Miller Museum: www.sitkahistory.org/
Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System: Traveling by ferry to Sitka is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful along the scenic Inside Passage. You can pick up a ferry at any town in Southeast Alaska but the main ports that are also tied to the road system are Bellingham, Washington, Prince Rupert, BC Canada, Haines, Alaska, and to a lesser degree, Skagway and Hyder. Small business have been set up to garage your vehicle if you decide you do not want the expense of having it travel on the ferry with you. Most of the ferry’s have staterooms, and dining facilities as well as car decks. For information on how to travel the Inside Passage using Alaska’s Marine Highway contact the website: www.alaska.gov/ferry
Sea Life Discovery Tour: Explore four different ocean floor habitats with interpretations by a certified naturalist and a diver. All seating is one story below the surface of the water on this fascinating Sea Life Discovery Tour: www.sealifediscoverytours.com
Kayaking: Baidarka Boats Sea Kayaking: rentals, lessons, guided tours.
Fly Fishing: Sitka has excellent fly fishing opportunities in nearby lakes, streams and estuary and the fly away fly shop has everything you’ll need. So bring your own or rent, the folks at Fly Away Fly Shop can enhance your Alaskan fly fishing adventure. www.alaskanflyshop.com
Tlingit Dance Performance and Tours: The Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tlingit Native Dancers invite you to sit around the fire pit inside their beautiful community traditional clan house to hear the steady drumbeat of their grandfathers’ songs. Take a Sitka Tribal Tour and explore the rich Tlingit culture and historic sites: www.sitkatribe.org
Bike Rentals: Comfortable upright seating bikes for rent by the day or by the week also mountain bikes for the more adventurous: Yellow Jersey Bike Rentals.
Alaska Raptor Center: Dedicated to the making a life-or-death difference on Alaska’s injured birds of prey (raptors). Visitors are welcome to tour the center; attend educational presentations and visit the gift shop where the proceeds go to support bald eagles. Learn how you can adopt a bald eagle. Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center www.alaskaraptor.org
Rental Car: An important bit of Sitka travel information, guests should note that rental cars are conveniently located at the airport, but if that won’t fit into your schedule Northstar rental car agency will also deliver a car to you at the bed and breakfast. www.allstarsitka.com
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