|Sitka Sound from Castle Hill. (Julianne G. Crane)|
"These state-operated ferries provide an extraordinary opportunity to navigate the Inside Passage at a leisurely pace. Passengers can embark - with or without their vehicle - at Bellingham, Wash. (just north of Seattle), and Prince Rupert, B.C., from the south, and in Skagway or Haines, Alaska from the north," according to Sitka's website.
|Jimmy Smith canoe (Julianne G. Crane)|
The downtown area is centrally located and many points of interest are within walking distance of one another. We stopped by the Harrigan Centennial Hall on Harbor Drive to view the large hand-carved Tlingit canoe made from one log (see above). The Tlingit have lived continuously in Sitka for more than 50 centuries.
|St. Michael's Cathedral|
A casual two block stroll downtown is St. Michael's Cathedral, an active Russian Orthodox Church whose onion-shaped domes have graced Sitka's skyline for nearly two centuries," according to the city's website.
The first "Orthodox Cathedral was established in North America in 1848 by St.Innocent first bishop of Alaska. Russian explorers, hunters, trappers, and eventually missionaries, brought the Orthodox Faith to the shores of Alaska."
|Inside St. Michael's (Julianne G. Crane)|
Located at 240 Lincoln St., $2 donation.
|Old Harbor Books (Julianne G. Crane)|
"Old Harbor Books offers everything from stationery and 'librarian candles' to local artistic postcards and classic novels," writes Brittany S on Yelp.com. "My favorite part about the shop was the clever handwritten labels on several of the books explaining why it's a good read and what to expect (staff's picks, etc.). I highly recommend popping in during your visit for a dose of feel good vibes and literacy."
|Inside Old Harbor Books (Julianne G. Crane)|
Immediately behind the Old Harbor Books is a must-stop for any coffee lover--The Backdoor Cafe. (This is especially true on cool, damp mornings when you are strolling around town before the book store opens.)
|For your coffee fix in downtown Sitka. (Julianne G. Crane)|
A favorite hangout for the locals (we asked at the local bike shop), this is a perfect spot to get off your feet for a few minutes and read the local Daily Sitka Sentinel, the only newspaper you can buy in Sitka.
|Jimmy Smith sipping a latte in corner.|
Sitka RV ParksSealing Cove RV Parking operated by the City and Borough of Sitka is adjacent to Sealing Cove Boat Harbor, 7 miles south of the ferry terminal, and a short distance from downtown Sitka (at the beginning of Airport Road). Space available for 26 RV's. Water & electrical hook-ups.
Open May 1 to October 1. For information, contact the Sitka Harbor Master, (907) 747-3439.
|Sitka Sportsman's Association RV Park|
Open year round.
For fees and reservations call (907) 747-4712 or toll free 1-800-750-4712. Online booking is available at www.rvsitka.com.
- Julianne G. Crane
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