Saturday, September 23, 2017

Juneau

Adventure & Culture

In Juneau, Alaska’s scenic capital city, cosmopolitan charm and rich history combine with the stunning wilderness of the Tongass National Forest and the bountiful waters of the Inside Passage. Juneau is Southeast Alaska’s hub with convenient air and ferry service to Inside Passage communities, Glacier Bay National Park, Anchorage and Seattle (only 2 hours by air).

Among other things, visitors can enjoy Alaska’s most accessible glacier, fly over the Juneau Icefield, discover the State Museum, gaze at humpback and orca whales, take a glacier cruise, tour a historic gold mine, ride the Mount Roberts Tram, savor fresh Alaskan seafood, shop downtown galleries, catch salmon and watch sea lions, seals, eagles and possibly bears. Juneau also has a thriving arts community with a local symphony, two major statewide music festivals, an award-winning theater, and countless local artists. Best of all, these authentic Alaskan experiences are all within 15 minutes of downtown Juneau.

Juneau became the capital city of Alaska in 1906 when the government was moved from Sitka.

Mendenhall Glacier is Alaska’s famous “drive-in” glacier. It is only 13 miles from downtown Juneau along a paved road. The glacier can be viewed from the road or from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Juneau has the largest land area of any state capital and the second largest land area of any U.S. city. It is the only state capital in the continental U.S. that has no road access. It is accessible only by air or water.

 

Juneau Fast Facts

  • Population: 31,275 (2010 census)
  • Founded in 1881
  • Area: 3,248 sq miles
  • The longest day is June 21
    (18 hrs, 18 min of daylight)
  • The shortest day is December 21
    (6 hrs, 21 min of daylight)