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Sitka, Petersburg, Wrangell

SitkaSitka is the former Russian capital of Alaska, with a a lot to show for it. From 1808 to 1867, Russians imbued the town with their culture, religion and traditions. You can still see the New Archangel Dancers here, as well as visit St Michael’s Cathedral and the Russian Bishop’s House to relive the Russian experience.Among other finds, check out the Native American Naa Kahidi Dance Show, or pop into the Sheldon Jackson Museum for a bit of history, or go and see the intricately carved totem poles as well as Tlingit Indian artist demonstrations at the Sitka National Historical Park and the Southeast Indian Cultural Center. Also try to visit the Alaska Raptor Center, where you can view eagles.PetersburgPetersburg proudly displays its Norwegian culture on its houses and storefronts, adorned with decorative, traditional Norwegian painting (rosemaling), and in its spirited Little Norway Festival, held in town in May every year. Petersburg is also a good place from which to tour America’s southernmost active tidewater glacier, LeConte Glacier.WrangellWrangell, which lies just south of Petersburg, is where the Tlingit Indians, the Russians, the British and the Americans have all had their say and influence, much of it well preserved in both the town at large and its museums. To get a whiff of its colorful past, visit the Wrangell Museum and the Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House, both rich in displays depicting Wrangell’s history. Also, in the Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park, you can search out ancient rock carvings. And for naturalists, there is the Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, where one can watch, in close quarters, brown bears making a meal of wild salmon.

Last updated June 7, 2008
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