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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 16 Attractions in Sitka
Type: Castles
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Warwick, New York
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93 reviews 93 reviews
45 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Naperville, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

we hiked up the ramp on the back side to get to the top and enjoyed the views as well as the historical information on the placards. There is no actual building but there is a lot of history about the Russian history in Sitka and the transfer to the US

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Prescott, Arizona
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29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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32 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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