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Address: Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St., Sitka, AK
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Lovely little stroll up the hill, easy for all abilities, Great views of Sitka and very interesting site to visit with lots of information on boards scattered about the site.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Hike up to the top of Castle Hill and enjoy the view of Sitka. Interesting spot where Alaska was handed over to the United States from Russia. Worth the windy, uphill walk.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We just got back from an Alaska cruise and this place has by far the best views in the city! It is only a 1/2 mile walk from the cruise dock! You can either walk up the stairs or you can use a ramp but the views are fantastic

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Lovely little stroll up the hill, easy for all abilities, Great views of Sitka and very interesting site to visit with lots of information on boards scattered about the site.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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24 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This is a small park but has great views and interesting interpretive stations. There are two entrances, one is all stairs and the other is a ramp.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

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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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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Address: Address: Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St., Sitka, AK
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Sitka

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