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How to Spot Wildlife in Sitka

How to Spot Wildlife in Sitka

Despite the cruise crowds and lively downtown shops at this popular port, the wilderness surrounding Sitka is unadulterated and raw. You’ll find bears, bald eagles, and more wildlife in this Alaskan town that’s tucked between the rainforest and the sea. Here are some tips for spotting native fauna.

  • Observe orphaned brown bears in their sprawling naturalistic habitat at the Fortress of the Bear.

  • Learn about Sitka’s winged inhabitants at the Alaska Raptor Center, where birds of prey are rehabilitated and released.

  • Head out on a whale-watching cruise in search of humpbacks, gray whales, seals, sea otters, and porpoises.

  • Zip along the shores of Tongass National Forest on an OHV tour, keeping your eyes peeled for Alaska coastal brown bears, bald eagles, and Sitka blacktail deer.

  • Watch for spawning salmon during a walk along the Indian River.

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Sitka Sightseeing Tour including Fortress of the Bear and Totem Poles
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.00
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Private Sitka Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour

Private Sitka Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour

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Be wowed by gorgeous landscapes aboard a smooth-sailing 26-foot Glacier Bay catamaran on this private whale watching tour from Sitka. An experienced captain takes you and your private party of up to six passengers to excellent locations to watch for gray whales, humpbacks, porpoises, seals, sea otters, and an array of birds. Learn about the marine life you spot along the way, and snap plenty of frame-worthy photos to take home.
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  • 2 hours
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