Both Sitka and Juneau offer the visitor so much that it is recommended to spend a day or two in each. The natural beauty of Sitka and its history make this perhaps the most interesting of the south eastern towns and its small size puts most of it within easy walking distance. Tlingit and Aleut artefacts can be seen at the Sheldon Jackson Museum as well as at the Visitor Centre at the Sitka National Historic Park. At the park there is a great collection of totem poles arranged along the walk which leads to the site of the battle between the Tlingit and the Russians.
The Russian occupation period is featured in St Michael’s Cathedral, to be toured with the Russian Orthodox Tlingit priest, the Russian Bishop’s House, built by Finnish shipwrights and largely original, the Russian cemetery, Castle Hill, and the Isabel Miller Museum in the Centennial Building. Today’s arts and crafts are well represented in the gift and speciality shops, probably the best in the south east, and feature both native and Russian influences as well as modern artists.