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Sitka is a culturally rich city, located on the Alaskan Panhandle on Baranof Island and the southern half of Chichagof Island. It's part of the Alexander Archipelago of Alaska in the Pacific Ocean. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,881, making it the fourth largest city in the state of Alaska. The city of Sitka was once called the "Paris of the Pacific." It was built on the Russian fur trade, between the mountains and the Sitka Sound, just off shore of Baranof Island. Today, it's the cultural and artistic center of Southeast Alaska. Many say Sitka resembles a New England coastal town, with its' two harbors dotted with brightly colored boats, and lush islands of the Tongass National Forest. Things to do in town include visiting the Sitka National Historic Park, which offers workshops on Indian arts and crafts. There are 40 miles of hiking trails that wind throughout the forested community, and boat charters are also available to explore the waters around the area. Russian-inspired historic architecture dots the landscape, and several museums and galleries are also located in the town. Sitka is also home to an annual salmon derby, the Alaska Logging Championship, the Sitka Summer Music Festival, and the Alaska Fine Arts Camp.

Sitka Vacation Rentals

Sitka Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
A Blueberry Inn4610 Halibut Point RdSitka, AK (907) 747-4589
Shee Atika Totem Square Inn201 Katlian StSitka, AK (907) 747-3693
Sitka Super 8 Motel404 Sawmill Creek RdSitka, AK (907) 747-8804
Westmark Shee Atika330 Seward StSitka, AK (907) 747-6241
Bed & Breakfast
Mountain View Bed & Breakfast201 Cascade CRK RdSitka, AK (907) 747-8966
Alaska Ocean View Bed & BRKFST1101 Edgecumbe DrSitka, AK (907) 747-8310
Biorka Bed & Breakfast611 Biorka StSitka, AK (907) 747-3111
Mountain Bed & BreakfastSitka, AK (907) 747-8966

Sitka Weather & Climate

The Alexander Archipelago  in the southeastern Panhandle Region, has a humid continental climate - although it's just short of being subactic. The climate is milder than one would expect due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean. Winters are long and wet, but only slightly cold. The average low temperature in winter is 21, and highs are frequently above freezing. Spring, summer, and fall are cool to mild. Snowfall in this region averages 84 inches and occurs mainly from November to March. Precipitation is adequate year-round, ranging from 55 inches to 90 inches depending on location. Spring is the driest season, while September and October are the wettest months.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 37°F 27°F 8.80 in. -
February 41°F 28°F 7.37 in. -
March 45°F 30°F 6.68 in. -
April 50°F 33°F 5.60 in. -
May 54°F 38°F 4.86 in. -
June 58°F 44°F 3.82 in. -
July 61°F 48°F 4.20 in. -
August 63°F 49°F 6.40 in. -
September 59°F 44°F 12.38 in. -
October 51°F 38°F 15.60 in. -
November 43°F 31°F 10.16 in. -
December 39°F 28°F 10.20 in. -

Sitka Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez airport (SIT) located about 1 mile west of Sitka.

Sitka Attractions

Ski Areas
EaglecrestJuneauAK92.6 mi.

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