Explore Sitka in a comfortable 25 or 37-passenger coach while a knowledgeable, local guide narrates your drive. Sitka comes alive on this unique tour exploring a 19th century battlefield and a brown bear sanctuary.
Sitka National Historical Park honors the Battle of 1804, the last major conflict between Russians and Alaska natives. Travel back in time as you learn how a Tlingit native attack on the first Russian settlement near Sitka led to this pivotal clash between two vastly different cultures. You may take a guided walk to the 1804 native fort and battlefield site, where Tlingit Kiks fought an unsuccessful battle against the Russians to retain their ancestral home. The adjacent Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center allows you to visit with Tlingit Natives while they create artwork in various traditional forms. Guests looking for less walking may wish to explore the park's Visitor Center where they can explore museum exhibits, visit with Rangers and view local artisans displaying their craft.
Then take a narrated drive to a non-profit rescue center for brown bear cubs, Fortress of the Bear. Today battles of a different nature take place between expanding human settlements and our wild bear brethren, often resulting in orphaned cubs. A re-purposed mill site gives a second chance to these rainforest kings and you an incredible up-close encounter. From here, you will return downtown.