Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016 with the centennial kicking off the second century of stewardship for America's national parks. By area, Alaska holds more than half of America's national park lands, in 17 nationally designated sites. Not to mention, the additional 16 National Wildlife Refuge areas managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Like all parks across our nation, here in Alaska these sites tell the story of our natural resources and our diverse cultural heritage. The ferry provides access to many of the communities bordering these parks and refuges. So make plans to visit one or more of Alaska's national treasures.
Sitka National Historical Park
On an island amid towering spruce and hemlock and surrounded by views of island-studded waters one will find Alaska's oldest National Park. The Sitka National Historical Park is located just minutes from other cultural and historical treasures in this beautiful seaside community. At the park you can learn about Southeast Alaska Native culture and history as well as Alaska's Russian-American heritage. Explore the impressive totem pole collection and the adjacent Sitka Cultural Center. Here, you will experience totems carved by the masterful hands of Tlingit and Haida Indians that span over 100 years. The Centennial Pole, shown here, is the newest totem pole in the park.