• Where to Eat in Sitka Hero
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    Where to Eat in Sitka: A Local’s Guide to 12 Great Restaurants

    As you plan your trip to Alaska, you’ve likely covered almost all the bases by this point: your hotels are set, travel between towns is arranged, and tours are booked. All that’s left is to figure out what I consider to be one of the most important parts of travel: where to eat! If your Alaska travel plans will take you to Sitka, first of all: excellent choice...

  • Where to Stay in Sitka Hero
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    Where to Stay in Sitka: 7 Top Hotels, Lodges & Vacation Rentals

    While Alaska is big enough to spend a lifetime exploring and not see it all, I've been fortunate to visit many of the more populous parts of the state – and if I'm completely honest, I've developed a few favorites over the years. Denali has long been my top destination in Alaska (I can't even believe some people consider skipping Denali!) and after a few trips in the past few years, Sitka has jumped up to claim a close second spot in my heart...

  • Best Things to Do in Sitka Hero
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    The 14 Best Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska (According to an Alaskan!)

    or a town of less than 10,000 residents, Sitka is one of the most important places in Alaska. Originally a Tlingit settlement, the Russians claimed it as their capital of Territorial Alaska (a name that comes from the Native people) in the 18th and 19th centuries, and it was the site where the Alaska Purchase was finalized in 1867. Since then, Sitka has become a tourist destination on many cruise itineraries – and worth planning a trip just to explore on its own...

  • Midnight Sun in Alaska Hero
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    When & Where to See the Midnight Sun in Alaska

    On our first night of the first trip when I took my now-husband Mr. V to Alaska, he was annoyed. Our plane had touched down around 10:30pm in late May, and it took us a bit more than an hour to get to our Airbnb in Eagle River – the town where I grew up. As we hopped out of the car to enter our accommodations, he was said, "why isn't it getting dark yet?!" Welcome to the land of the midnight sun...

  • Things to Do in Ketchikan Hero
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    The 12 Best Things to Do in Ketchikan, According to an Alaskan

    Ketchikan, affectionately known as the "Salmon Capital of the World," is a literally vibrant port city that beckons travelers with its rich history, access to pristine natural beauty, and abundance of thrilling activities – even if you're short on time. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the lush Tongass National Forest, there is a treasure trove of things to do in Ketchikan, Alaska...

  • Where to Stay in Seward Hero
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    Where to Stay in Seward: 9 Great Hotels in the Gateway to Kenai Fjords

    As you plan your itinerary using the many Alaska articles I've shared, you've probably noticed: I recommend Seward on basically every itinerary, no matter how much time you have to visit. See, Seward is a lovely town in its own right, located on the coast of Southcentral Alaska – but it's also the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park. It's the place where you set out on a day cruise to explore the beautiful waterways and spot whales and glaciers in the park...