Most places of interest that were on the ‘to visit’ list during our Alaska cruise required fees. There were a few which were free and I appreciated like the Baranof Castle State Historic Site in Sitka, Alaska. One won’t miss the site as it is walking distance to the tender dock where cruise passengers are dropped off.
The site, also known as Castle Hill, was where Tlingit (native American tribe who are the first inhabitants of the area) and Russian forts stood. The Russians formally handed Alaska to the United States at the site in 1867 and where the 49-star flag of the US was first flown when Alaska became a State in 1959. Today, the area is enjoyed by visitors and locals as the hill provides a beautiful view of the city, the ocean, and mountains.
Here are some photos I took with my iPhone 6 of the views from the site.