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Baranof Castle State Historical Site

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Address: Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St., Sitka, AK
Phone Number: +1 907-747-6281
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Nice views from castle hill, easy walk up with lots of interpretive information to browse. A really fascinating story of Sitka of old and Russian Alaska. Thank god for Mr... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 August 2016
Nate C
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Ellensburg, Washington
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Port Townsend, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

and for some plaques that explain some of the history, especially of the early Russian times before the alaska purchase

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Glen Dale, West Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Small, reasonably priced museum. Docents very knowledgeable and friendly. Interesting photos also of the tsunami.

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Ellensburg, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Nice views from castle hill, easy walk up with lots of interpretive information to browse. A really fascinating story of Sitka of old and Russian Alaska. Thank god for Mr. Seward!

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Monument Valley, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Even though the actual castle burnt down years ago it is still a great place to get your Alaskan history on the purchase of Alaskan territory

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Walked up to view point. Some excellent views informative signs telling you all about history of it. Lovely place to be on a sunny day.(we were lucky) it was

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Gold Coast Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

An easy walk for all levels of fitness. . . Castle Hill is worth a visit if you are a history buff or if looking for a vantage point for a beautiful vista. The site was established by Tlingit natives and was first occupied by Russia in 1804 and sold to the US in 1867 for $7 200 000. There... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Plenty of informative displays that detail the history of how this place came to be. A great lookout point and we also saw hummingbirds here. There is a ramp or stairs access, could do with some displays of what islands you are looking at, etc. Otherwise a short walk from centre of town.

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Hayward, WI
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

No buildings remain of the many that have graced this lookout point over the centuries. There is a nice set of displays that tell the story of the site. And a few cannons remain. A nice little workout, if you take the stairs (for older travelers).

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Columbia, Mo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Known mainly as Castle Hill, this site was established by Tlingit natives. Occupied by Russia in 1804, Alaska was was transferred to the United States on this site in 1867. It offers a wonderful view of the water and downtown Sitka. It is a national historic landmark that is a short walk from the port of Sitka.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

There's not much to see, but there are great views of the bay and city. Plaques around the site explain the history of the area and the hill. I would recommend this as a starting point for a day exploring Sitka.

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