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What to See and Do

Touring St. Michael's Cathedral (Lincoln Street), distinctive for its onion-domed architecture. But the church isn't an antique; it was rebuilt, to original specifications, after a fire in 1966, reopening a decade later. The cathedral also has what is reputed to be the largest number of Russian icons in the U.S.

The Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center (Lincoln Road) for exhibits of Southeast Alaskan culture. There are demos of traditional crafts of the Tlingit tribe (silversmithing, weaving, basketry) and you can hike a self-guided, short trail to the Tlingit Fort; on the way you'll pass more than a dozen distinctive Totem poles.

Shopping in Sitka, where stores like the Russian American Co. (407 Lincoln Street), Log Cache (206 Lincoln Street) and the Isobel Miller Museum's gift shop (Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Drive) sell heritage items. Old Harbor Books (201 Lincoln Street) is a great source for books on Sitka and southeast Alaska. There are a handful of art galleries as well, such as Sitka Rose (419 Lincoln Street), which sells Alaskan arts and crafts.

Where to Eat and Drink

Casual, in-town joints: Locals throng the Backdoor Cafe (behind Old Harbor Books at 201 Lincoln Street) for great espresso and latte, not to mention quiche, soups, and homemade pizza.

For frontier cuisine, try the Raven Dining Room (in the Westmark Shee Atika Hotel, 330 Seward Street, from 11:30am - 2pm) or Van Winkle & Sons (20205 Harbor Drive, from 11:30am - 2pm).

Staying in Touch

The Highliner Cafe, Seward Square Mall.

Where You're Docked

There are no deep-water docks in Sitka; all cruise ships tender passengers in to the heart of town.

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