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Baranof Castle State Historical Site

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Address: Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St., Sitka, AK
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+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

Reviewed 29 August 2016
Nate C
Ellensburg, Washington
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Port Townsend, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

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

Thank Stephen C
Glen Dale, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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!

Thank Nate C
Monument Valley, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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

Thank Kara P
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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

Thank Denise D
Gold Coast Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 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 

Thank Deb O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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.

Thank Alice R
Hayward, WI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
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).

Thank VSRubato
Columbia, Mo
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Reviewed 22 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.

Thank Laura P
Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 18 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.

Thank Greg H

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