Sitka Scenic Tour- Premium - Alaska Raptor Center, Fortress of the Bears,Totems!
Silver Bay: Your local guide narrates what life is like in Sitka as you drive south to Silver Bay. Here, incredible beauty unfolds around each and every bend in the road. We will stop for an amazing photo opportunity and possible wildlife viewing. We often see whales, eagles, sea lions and salmon jumping.
Fortress of The Bear: Next your tour brings you the “Fortress of the Bear”, our most popular stop. Here you will have the opportunity to get within twenty-five feet of our distinctive Brown Bear in a naturalized setting. The three-quarter acre habitat, set against the National Forest, is the largest bear habitat in North America and is complete with covered viewing areas. Meet their experienced rescuers as they share their love and knowledge of this often feared, but yet revered creature of the forest. Learn the challenges they experience as they seek to rescue these incredible giants.
Alaska Raptor Center: Next you will start your private small group tour of this amazing raptor rehabilitation center. Located on a 17–acre campus bordering the Tongass National Forest and Indian River, its primary mission is the rehabilitation of sick and injured eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and other birds of prey which are brought in from all over Alaska. The Center (the largest of its type in the state, and one of the largest in North America) receives between 100–200 birds a year, with many suffering from gunshot wounds and traffic accident-related trauma. The Center's goal is to introduce the birds back into the wild, once they are healed and retrained in "raptor life skills" (such as flying) in the enclosed, Bald Eagle Flight-Training Center. A few of the animals that could not be returned to nature have become permanent guests. You will see up to two dozen resident eagles, hawks, owls, and ravens, who assist in the Center’s secondary function, that of public education.
Sitka National Historical Park: You continue to the oldest national park in Alaska: Sitka National Historical Park. You'll be amazed as you stroll among the stunning Tlingit and Haida totem poles amidst hemlock and spruce trees on the scenic coastal trail. After, join your guide on a beautiful walk overlooking the Indian River. In the middle of the season, witness salmon spawning while your knowledgeable guide teaches you about the amazing life cycle of the salmon. All Guests will be given the choice to drive back with your guide or stay longer and stroll the beautiful Sea Walk back to town a 15-20 minute stunning walk.
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (recommended) for great service.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Standard seat size (17 inches) if you require more space, please book accordingly.
- ALL tours start at Harrigan Centennial Hall 330 Harbor Drive Sitka Alaska 99835.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
This was our family's favorite tour in Alaska. It was very comprehensive touring many natural and historical sites in and around Sitka. Our guide Becky was fabulous. She is a native of Sitka and was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable throughout the tour. We loved the Fortress of the Bears with all the antics of six brown bears and three black. The Raptor Center and Totem Park were also great. Becky talked about the plants, salmon, and totems at the park. She was able to extend the tour by driving us back to our ship rather than leaving us in town to catch the shuttle. I highly recommend this tour !
GREAT tour! All 3 tour spots were great! The Raptor Center and The Raptor Center were definitely the highlights! Enjoyed both immensely and to be that close to the birds and Bears was awesome! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area as she grew up in Sitka and has lived there her entire life. Highly recommend!
There were 7 people in the van we took on our tour. The small group made it easy to have a conversation with out Inut guide, Aakatchaq. All the sites lived up to our expectations but it was the conversation that was so unusual. We learned about plants that were poisonous as well as those that could be used for medicinal purposes. Aakatchaq knew the men and women who were inspired to save the bears and the injured raptors and understanding their motivation helped us appreciate why the animals were in confined areas. I could go on, but there's too much to say. It was just our best tour in Alaska