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Address: Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St., Sitka, AK
Phone Number: 9077476281
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Embrace History

A short walk from the cruise ship pier. The climb to the top of the hill is not hard at all. This is an excellent place to take pictures of the harbor and town. There are a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
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Florence, Alabama
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a bit of a walk either up the stairs or using the ramp but is well worth it. Once at the top there are several markers outlining the history of the castle mound. Be aware that there is no longer a castle here but you can see the strategic importance of the mound. It is a great place... More 

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Florence, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

A short walk from the cruise ship pier. The climb to the top of the hill is not hard at all. This is an excellent place to take pictures of the harbor and town. There are a number of plaque's that describe the historical significance of the site. If you are a history buff you can't miss this spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Really just a hill overlooking the harbor, but we wanted to be able to say we had stood on the spot where the U.S. bought Alaska from the Russians. There are steps or a sloped sidewalk to get to the top, not a bad walk. Plaques at the top talk about the history.

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elizabeth city
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well worth 20 or 30 minutes while in Sitka. There's an easy climb to reach the top of the hill to see the historical plagues and nice view of the area. I thought the descriptions on the plaques describing the history of the area and (more specifically) the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the U.S were excellent.

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AlohaBoston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Admittedly trekked through the park on the way to the Baranof Island Brewing (industrial area on the other side of the Indian River) ...but walked the loop ..first class facilities and staff ...and were serving ice cream in celebration of Independence Day. The exhibit inside the visitors center should not be missed!

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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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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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