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How to Spend 2 Days in Sitka

How to Spend 2 Days in Sitka

With two days to explore Sitka, branch out beyond must-see sites to discover the wild coast, soak in some history, and experience larger-than-life Tongass National Forest. Choose from tours and excursions that are tailored to you, taking care of adventure planning well in advance. Here’s how to make the most of your trip.


Day 1: Wonders of Nature

**Morning:**Start the day on the water, where you can watch for whales, sea otters, puffins, and other marine wildlife as you explore the coast. Options include kayak trips, sailing excursions, small-boat whale watching tours, and more, so you can find a coastal trip that’s a good fit for you.

**Afternoon:**Go eyeball-to-eyeball with a grizzly bear—almost—at the Fortress of the Bear, a nonprofit bear rescue next to Tongass National Forest. On-site naturalists feed the bears, share info on the challenges they face in the wild, and introduce orphaned and rescued bears living the good life in the conservation center.

**Night:**If Sitka seems quiet at night, that’s because the locals are packed into Pioneer Bar, a local institution lined with faded photos of fishing trips. Choose from a wide selection of craft beers made in Alaska, and perhaps stay for a meal of hearty pub food.

Day 2: Culture and History

**Morning:**There’s more to Sitka than wildlife, so kick off your second day on a tour that highlights the area’s fascinating history, from Indigenous culture to battles with Russian troops. Local landmarks include St. Michael’s Cathedral, the Russian Bishop’s House, and Baranof Castle Historic Site.

**Afternoon:**After a hearty salmon lunch, head to Sitka National Historical Park to stroll past totem poles from all around the northwest coast. Join a tour or excursion for a guided intro to the park’s trails and wildlife-watching opportunities.

**Night:**To experience the living culture of the Indigenous Tlingit people, spend your final night in Sitka at a Sitka Tribe Dance Performance, a demonstration that’s held in a reconstructed Tlingit Clan House. Listen for the sound of traditional box drums as the dancers perfume the room with burning cedar.

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Sitka Shore Excursion: Alaskan Wildlife by Land and Sea

Sitka Shore Excursion: Alaskan Wildlife by Land and Sea

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While your ship is docked in port, get to know Sitka’s historical sites and enjoy wildlife sightings on this land and sea combo shore excursion. First, hop aboard a catamaran and watch for whales, otters, porpoises, and birds. Then, discover by comfortable van Sitka’s top attractions, like Sitka National Historical Park, Japonski Island, and Fortress of the Bear, a habitat for rescued brown bears. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group experience limited to 12 people.
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  • 4 hours
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Premium Sitka Scenic Tour: Alaska Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bears,Totems!

Premium Sitka Scenic Tour: Alaska Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bears,Totems!

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Skip the impersonal, large-group bus tour and explore Sitka on a small-group day trip to the city’s top landmarks, with a range of departure times offered to fit your schedule. Your guide, who navigates for you, brings you to four highly-rated attractions, including Fortress of the Bear, the Alaska Raptor Center, and the Sitka National Historic Park. All entrance fees are included for your convenience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour

Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour

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Soak up gorgeous landscapes aboard a smooth-sailing 26-foot Glacier Bay catamaran on this whale-watching shore excursion from Sitka. For two hours, a seasoned captain takes a small group limited to just six passengers to prime spots to watch for humpbacks, gray whales, porpoises, seals and an array of birds. Learn about the marine life you see, and return to your ship with memorable shots of wildlife in action.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

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Discover Alaska’s historic city of Sitka on this small-group tour limited to just 10 people. A comfortable van takes you across the O’Connell Bridge to Japonski Island. Pass Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Pioneer Home, and St. Michael’s Cathedral, and listen to engaging commentary on the sites from informative guides. Enjoy up-close views of rescued bears at Fortress of the Bear, and take in the stunning scenery of Sitka National Historical Park and admire its towering totem poles.
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  • 2 hours
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Amazing Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife Shore Excursion

Amazing Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife Shore Excursion

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Get up close with Alaskan wildlife on a 2-hour whale watching tour from Sitka. With maximum five passengers on board the 24-foot vessel, you’re guaranteed an intimate and immersive tour experience. After departure from Baranof Island, keep your eyes peeled for Humpback, Minke, and Gray whales. Keep your camera and binoculars ready, as you may also encounter otters, sea lions, and a variety of birds.
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Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

Sitka Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles

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Get to know Alaska’s historic city of Sitka on this small-group shore excursion limited to just 10 people. Aboard a comfortable van, cross the O’Connell Bridge to Japonski Island. See Sheldon Jackson Museum, Alaska Pioneer Home, and St. Michael’s Cathedral, and hear informative commentary on the sites from seasoned guides. Meet the rescued bears of Fortress of the Bear, and take in the marvelous scenery of Sitka National Historical Park. Port transport included.
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  • 2 hours
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Sitka Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise and City Sightseeing Tour

Sitka Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise and City Sightseeing Tour

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This Sitka Super Saver gives you two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Aboard a catamaran, enjoy two hours of gorgeous natural scenery and keep watch for whales, porpoises, otters and birds. Back on land, explore by comfortable van Sitka’s top attractions like Japonski Island and Sitka National Historical Park. Your 2-hour Sitka city tour includes a visit to Fortress of the Bear, where you’ll see adorable bear cubs from a short and safe distance.
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  • 4 hours
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Sitka Shore Excursion: Sitka Harbor & Islands Guided Kayaking

Sitka Shore Excursion: Sitka Harbor & Islands Guided Kayaking

Learn to kayak while exploring the Sitka sounds on this shore excursion. When your cruise ship docks in port, avoid the last-minute scramble for shore excursions by prebooking this adventure tour. With all instruction and equipment provided, even beginners can feel comfortable exploring the waters around Sitka in the company of a guide. Along the way, learn about the local environment, history, flora, and fauna.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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