|We arrived in Sitka Monday afternoon and departed Tuesday evening. It was pretty easy to kill a day and a half here. Sitka ranks 9th on the Smithsonian's Top 20 Best Small Towns To Visit.
Sitka has a lot of Russian influence as well as a lot of original Tlingit Native Indian culture. They were the first to live here then Russia defeated them and claimed it for their own. There is still litigation in place where the Tlingit Nation is claiming Russia never owned the land to sell to the USA. The Totem poles were originally carved by the Tlingits.
We toured the city on foot. It is not very large. There was a cruise ship in while we were there. One of our favorite stops was the Harry Race Soda Shop. You could actually get an old fashioned ice cream soda here. It took them forever to make it, but it was worth the wait.
We toured Totem Park. There are a lot of old Totem Poles there. Actually most of them are reproductions. The originals are in the museum where they are protected. We really enjoyed our short stay in town visiting all the Histotical sights.