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Baranof Castle State Historical Site

Corner of Harbor Road and Lincoln St., Sitka, AK
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Ranked #14 of 15 attractions in Sitka
Type: Castles
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Prescott, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It is worth the climb up the stairs to read the kiosks that tell how important this piece of property was over the ages. It is also one of the best places in town to get a bird's eye view of the town and harbor.

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Krakow, Poland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Not much, just few steps on a hill with avarage view but full in history, good they left some edu-plates. That was a beginning of white man settlement on Alaska shore

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Salem, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Love the view from up here. Work the little hike up the back or stairs up the front. Don't miss it. The history of Sitka is displayed up here, if you can go over ALaska Days do it

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Lexington, South Carolina
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132 reviews 132 reviews
75 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Was surprised that there were no buildings at the top of the hill. However,, there is a great view of the harbor. Plaques along the trail list some of the history.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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205 reviews 205 reviews
55 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

It's a nice walk up the hill, past a few historic signs, but there's nothing at the top - besides some beautiful views. We enjoyed the walk and the views but were a bit surprised there wasn't "more."

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Atlanta GA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

High atop a hill in Sitka, this offers good plaques with explanations of the history of the town and an excellent location for photos.

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Calgary, Canada
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158 reviews 158 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is the strategic hilltop that controlled the inside passage and its lucrative fur pelt trade routes from other imperial trading nations, used first by local indians and then the Russians. Its also the place where the formal signing ceremony took place transferring Alaska from Russia to a very young United States. Its nothing more than fortified hilltop with a... More

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
36 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

The "castle" is no longer there, so a little disappointing. It's a must see in Sitka as the place where Alaska was transferred to the US, but there's nothing tangible from that event or time period left to see. There are some beautiful views, though.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Worth the climb to the top of the site. Brings many of the historical events into better perspective after your visit here with outstanding views of the surrounding area.

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Seattle, Washington
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9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

If you have time, it's nice. However, If you are running late, and there is anything else you would like to do, you won't really miss anything really important.

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