Alaska Raptor Center & Walking Tour
Discover Sitka’s fascinating history and natural beauty on foot during this scenic walking tour of the city and a nature walk at the Sitka National Historical Park. Depart the pier for a scenic motorcoach tour en-route to the Alaska Raptor Center. At the Raptor Center, you will encounter the swamp like muskeg soil and alpine meadow where most of Alaska’s bird, plant and wild berries thrive. You will then explore and photograph the Raptor Center’s open bird habitat and Eagle Flight Center, home to bald eagles, owls, hawks and other birds of prey. During your visit, the staff will explain the Raptor Center’s mission and answer questions.
Next, you will begin you guided walk in Sitka National Historical Park, where walking trails lined with authentic totem poles will guide you through the lush Tongass National Forest. As you cross the bridge at Indian River where salmon spawn in the late-summer, you will learn about the rain forest ecosystem, and local plant and animal life. Then, continue to walk along the harbors’ shoreline to visit St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. You will see many Victorian-style homes and ornate churches before passing Sheldon Jackson College, home to James Michener during the writing of his book, Alaska. Your tour concludes here allowing you extra time to explore downtown on your own. Free shuttles back to the Halibut Pointe Cruise Terminal are available.
MEETING LOCATION: The canoe statue outside Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive in downtown Sitka.
*Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure for check-in.