The Sitka International Hostel Welcomes You
A welcoming attitude will envelope you upon your arrival at the Sitka
International Hostel. Our house parents look forward to meeting
travelers from around the nation and from around the world.
Additionally, Sitka is an hospitable community with a diverse
population. You'll be made to feel right at home.
Sitka - An Historic Community
Sitka has been a center of human habitation for nearly 10,000 years and
has featured European settlement for more than 200 years. Sitka was at
the heart of much of Alaska's Russian colonial history. Transfer of the
"Great Land" from Russian control to American rule occurred in 1867, at
the summit of Castle Hill overlooking downtown Sitka. The community has
preserved a great deal of its Native heritage, as well, and is home to
many who keep alive the customs of the Tlingit, the Haida and other
Alaska Native peoples.
The Tongass National Forest, administered by the USDA Forest Service,
surrounds Sitka. Created by President Theodore Roosevelt in the early
1900s, the "Tongass" is one of the world's premier temperate rain
forests. Also of interest is Sitka's World War II history. Echoes of the
involvement of the US Navy and US Army in Sitka can be seen on Japonski
Island, across the striking O'Connell Bridge from the town center.
Come Visit Sitka
Sitka, which is served daily by Alaska Airlines and regularly by Alaska
Marine Highway System high speed and "main line" ferries, is well worth
including on your Alaska itinerary. Come see what many claim is the most
beautiful community in Alaska.