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

A small little site, in the heart of town. There is a great view of the town, harbor and surrounding area from the top of a small hill. A few historical markers, and that is it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Lots of interesting information on plaques located around the top of the hill. This is where the US flag was raised after Alaska was sold to the US by Russia. Great views from the top. Go around the back side and take the steps up--much faster than the switchback ramps!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

For Alaska history enthusiasts, Castle Hill in the charming town of Sitka needs no introduction. This strategic location overlooks Sitka Sound, and while the surrounding area has been much modified, one can still gaze out over the walls and imagine the Tlingit war canoes, Russian vessels, and sailing traders moving about the water in front of you. The hill top... More 

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Moorpark, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A small little site, in the heart of town. There is a great view of the town, harbor and surrounding area from the top of a small hill. A few historical markers, and that is it.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Maybe the history that happened at this site is so special to me because I'm an Alaskan, but it is a great spot to see for anyone who loves history or beautiful views. There is an old, steeper flight of stairs (not very long though) and it looked like there was also a ramp going up the other side for... More 

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Warwick, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Baranof Castle (or Castle Hill) is the place where Russia relinquished control over Alaska to the US in the late 1800s. We were looking for it and almost missed it, as the entrance is small- located between two buildings. The entrance provides the history on explanation boards. Then, the long flight of steps up the hill. It may seem daunting,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

If you go up a long flight of stairs, you get to the site of the old fort. Nice view from up there, and some historical information.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is all about the view. Climbed some stairs to spectacular view, even in drizzly weather. There are some informative signs along the way so you get to learn about this important historical site, but the view is what it's all about.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Having read Mitcheners Alaska this particular site was a must see and I was surprised the hill was so small. Pleased to see there is no particular building on it now as all the previous buildings were important for their own reasons.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Decided on a sunny day to explore the Baranof Castle. There's two different entry ways: one is walking ramp and an option to walk a steeper gravel walkway Or steps from Lincoln street. The view was amazing, good information but no castle. It's a good 10-20 minute adventure.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We didn't realize that there would be no remnant of a castle whatsoever, so we were a little disappointed. Nonetheless, it was very interesting and a must see while in Sitka. It is where Alaska was transferred to the US. The redeeming factor is that it has an absolute gorgeous view of the surrounding area! You can definitely see why... More 

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