Petersburg, Alaska

© State of Alaska/Mark Kelley
© State of Alaska/Mark Kelley

The following information is courtesy of the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.  For more information on this unique Alaskan destination, please visit the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce website by clicking HERE.

Petersburg is an island community that continues to make a living from the sea, with three beautiful harbors which attract the smaller cruise ships, private yachts and pleasure boats to town in the summer months.  Leave the crowds behind, and take a trip to this thriving fishing village with a strong Norwegian heritage.  Visit with the hardworking and friendly residents and learn about the abundant marine life.  Petersburg is located on Mitkof Island in Frederick Sound near the summer feeding grounds of hundreds of humpback whales.

Sitka, Alaska

© State of Alaska/Mark Kelley
© State of Alaska/Matt Hage

The following information is courtesy of the Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau.  For more information on this wonderful Alaskan destination, please visit the Sitka Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website HERE.

One of Sitka’s strongest distinguishing features is the cultural fusion of the Tlingit intermingled with Russian American influences.  This robust duality emanates from the local galleries, art, downtown architecture, dance performances, and local museums.  The Tlingit have lived continuously in Sitka for over 50 centuries.  Discover age-old stories of the Tlingit people at Sitka National Historical Park (known as “Totem Park” by locals) and the adjacent Sitka Cultural Center.  Here, totems carved by the masterful hands of Tlingit and Haida Indians can be seen along a pathway that meanders through the rain-forest.  Sitka was the cultural and political hub of Russian America in the early 19th century.  While San Francisco was only a sleepy cow town, Sitka’s opulence had already earned it the distinction as the “Paris of the Pacific”.  A casual downtown stroll will reveal such gems as St. Michael’s Cathedral, an active Russian Orthodox Church whose onion-shaped domes have graced Sitka’s skyline for nearly two centuries.