Sitka is an Alaskan city and borough near Juneau, the state capital. It’s spread over Baranof Island, part of Chichagof Island and others. It was part of Russia until 1867 and St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral is topped with an onion dome. The 1842 Russian Bishop’s House is nearby. Sitka National Historical Park is the site of Russia’s defeat of the indigenous Tlingit people and has a trail dotted with totem poles.
If you love a small town atmosphere, you cannot beat Haines. With friendly people and a health-focused lifestyle, this is a place where people help their neighbors and know how to live a vibrant life. More accessible than most other southeast Alaskan communities of its size, Haines is connected to the North American highway system by the Haines Highway, which passes through British Columbia.
Klawock, a village of 850 set on Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island, has always been famed for its majestic stands of spruce, snowcapped peaks and abundant runs of Pacific salmon. Several canneries, including Alaska’s first, once lined the waterfront, but they closed long ago, along with the movie theater. What remains is a cluster of small, weathered houses, along with a lumber mill, grocery store, school and clinic.
Juneau, Alaska’s remote capital, sits in the state’s panhandle, at the base of 3,819-ft. Mount Roberts. It’s a popular cruise-ship stop, reachable only by boat or seaplane. A tram carries visitors 1,800 feet up Mount Roberts to an alpine area with hiking trails, wildflowers and views of Gastineau Channel. This is also the site of the Juneau Raptor Center, dedicated to local birds.