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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Dyer

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Sitka Lighthouse, Alaska

1. Experience the Spectacular Views

Visitors to the Sitka Lighthouse in Alaska can experience breathtaking views of the ocean, majestic snow-capped mountains, and lush forests. The lighthouse stands tall at 91 feet, offering a mesmerizing 360° view of the Pacific Northwest. From the top of the tower, visitors can witness sea lions and seals playing in the turquoise waters, watch orcas and whales swimming or even see bald eagles soaring in the sky. This truly unique holiday rental has been featured on multiple TV shows and is arguably one of the more popular accomodation choices in Alaska.

2. Take a Coastal Stroll

Staying at the Sitka Lighthouse can give visitors an opportunity to enjoy a long, romantic coastal walk. Follow the path around the bay, soaking in all the beautiful scenery, from the lush green woods to the icy blue glacier. Pack a picnic and share a romantic moment, admiring the breathtaking beauty all around. Remember to bring comfy (and waterproof) shoes!

3. Enjoy the Serenity of The Night

The lighthouse is perched literally on the edge of the ocean, offering a peaceful and romantic atmosphere, especially at night. Enjoy the atmosphere of the night and listen to the gentle sound of the waves as they touch the shore. Or gaze up at a clear night sky and be mesmerized by an infinite array of stars.

The gorgeous skyline doesn't suffer from any light pollution which in return showcases a beautiful ensemble of bright stars to enjoy.

4. Get a Glimpse Into History

The lighthouse was originally built in 1897 by the U.S. Government. During the years, it served several roles. It was a lighthouse, an observation station and a rescue station. Spend some time exploring the surrounding buildings and breathe in some history. The stairs inside the building have been built from reclaimed wood from an old fishing vessel from the 1930's - adding historic charm and mystery to the experience.

5. Catch a Glimpse of Marine Life

Spending the night at the Sitka Lighthouse brings plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting. Watch out for whales and seals, and if you stay here for long enough, you might get a glance of sea otters and eagles. Fish literally jump out of the water as they dance into the horizon. If you have time, book a fishing tour where you will get the opportunity to catch some wild salmon which you can bring home to the well-equiped kitchen to cook the evening's meal.

6. Learn About the Local Flora & Fauna

Learn about the native plants and animals living in the area. Take a stroll along the trails, surrounded by the forest, learn about the numerous species of birds and the different species of plants. The well landscaped walking trails make moving around easy which adds to the exploration experience.

7. Unique Accommodation Option

Staying at the lighthouse is a truly unique experience. There’s only one bedroom in the smaller residence at the base of the lighthouse, but there’s enough space throughout the facility to sleep up to 6 people. With its well-equipped kitchen, living room and bathroom, the lighthouse makes a cozy abode for a vacation. There are well designed bunk beds that invite families to stay. The series of balconies bring the outdoors within striking distance as you feel embedded into the gorgeous surroundings.

8. Unforgettable Sunrises

Get up early in the morning and witness a breathtaking sunrise over the ocean. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the lawn, taking in the morning light and the sound of the waves. If meditating is part of your morning ritual, the swing seat on the lower balcony allows you to do just that literally steps away from the calm waves.

9. Stargazing

With a night sky full of stars, Sitka Lighthouse offers the perfect opportunity to go stargazing. Pack some snacks, find a spot and spend a romantic evening admiring the twinkling stars. If you have some binoculars or a portable telescope, then we strongly recommend you bring them along!

10. Explore the Lighthouse

Explore the lighthouse both from the inside and from the outside. Get a chance to gain an insight into the fascinating history of the place and learn about the local legends. Locals in the area will be most happy to share the many unique stories and tales about this historic masterpiece. One thing is for sure, you will never forget your experience anytime soon!

*All photographs credit: Sitka Lighthouse


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