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Baranof Castle State Historical Site

Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St., Sitka, AK
+1 907-747-6281
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Birthplace of the Alaska State

There's not much to see, but there are great views of the bay and city. Plaques around the site... read more

Reviewed 17 July 2016
Greg H
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Austin, Texas
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Site of US Purchase of Alaska from Russia

On top of the year overlooking Sitka is this historical site displaying many signs about the... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2016
BruceJ32406
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Fountain Valley, California
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Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St., Sitka, AK
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Reviewed July 17, 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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Reviewed June 28, 2016

On top of the year overlooking Sitka is this historical site displaying many signs about the purchase and the castle that use to be there but was burned down. Enjoyable walk either by steps or by a ramp wrapping back and forth for wheelchair accessibility....More

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Reviewed June 12, 2016

The sight of the purchase of Alaska by the United States. Also so much local history happened here between the native tribes and the Russians. It is also the best place to see all of Sitka. The views were amazing.

Thank Dru W
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Reviewed June 12, 2016

On the site of the old Tlingit town, the National Park System built a historical museum about its history and Tlingit heritage. The museum building has a nature trail that takes you to the site of the old fort while viewing dozens of totem poles...More

Thank Suzanne C
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Reviewed June 12, 2016

This is the site of a Russian fort in the former Russian capital of Alaska. Alas the fort is gone but they do have some markers which explain the history of the Russians in Alaska and the signing over of Alaska to the US after...More

1  Thank Lee L
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Reviewed January 11, 2016

This is a bit of a walk either up the stairs or using the ramp but is well worth it. Once at the top there are several markers outlining the history of the castle mound. Be aware that there is no longer a castle here...More

2  Thank rhodabow
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Reviewed September 28, 2015

A short walk from the cruise ship pier. The climb to the top of the hill is not hard at all. This is an excellent place to take pictures of the harbor and town. There are a number of plaque's that describe the historical significance...More

1  Thank floalareb
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Reviewed September 6, 2015

Really just a hill overlooking the harbor, but we wanted to be able to say we had stood on the spot where the U.S. bought Alaska from the Russians. There are steps or a sloped sidewalk to get to the top, not a bad walk....More

1  Thank dawnl188
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Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well worth 20 or 30 minutes while in Sitka. There's an easy climb to reach the top of the hill to see the historical plagues and nice view of the area. I thought the descriptions on the plaques describing the history of the area and...More

1  Thank beaufordtjustice
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Reviewed July 12, 2015

Admittedly trekked through the park on the way to the Baranof Island Brewing (industrial area on the other side of the Indian River) ...but walked the loop ..first class facilities and staff ...and were serving ice cream in celebration of Independence Day. The exhibit inside...More

1  Thank AlohaBoston
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Response from Dru W | Reviewed this property |
We walked from where the shuttles dropped us off. It is a short walk. Head towards the Cathedral, pass the Cathedral and the Pioneer house and you will see signs on the left that say where to go from there. There are some... More
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