Tour SItka National Historical Park
As Alaska’s oldest national park, the Sitka National Historical Park is bursting with Alaska Native culture, rich history and natural beauty. Located on an island where the Battle of 1804 occurred, the park marks the clash between the Russians and the Native Tlingit tribe. Ranger guided history walks share the stories of the Tlingit people and how their culture thrives today. The on-site Sitka Cultural Center provides studios for world-renowned Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian artists. Watch them create wood carvings, beading, textiles and engraved metals from the demonstrative studios. The most popular exhibit is live totem carving. Stroll the grounds to see approximately 20 restored totem poles on the island and learn the significance of eagles, ravens and other hand-carved symbols. Meander down the coastal trails to further explore the park’s history and wildlife. Walk over the arched bridge for the best views of four salmon species and other fish.
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