The capital of Alaska, and easily one of the most beautiful places in the entire state (possibly even the entire United States), Juneau is a municipality located on the Gastineau Channel in the panhandle section of Alaska. Snuggly tucked away at the base of Mount Juneau across the channel from Douglas Island, Juneau is unique in that it is only accessible by air or water; that is, there are no roads leading to Juneau. You either fly here or you boat here, on the ferry or a personal vessel. Technically a rather small city, with a population of only 30,000 people roughly, it nevertheless encompasses an area of land that is bigger than Delaware or Rhode Island. Many people jokingly refer to Juneau as the “wetter, colder version of Seattle” due to the fact that its location between oceanic climates results in plenty of rainfall, and the warmest temperatures in the whole of Alaska.
Juneau is a popular destination for many cruise ships heading up the Pacific coast. Nestled in between a massive mountain range on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Juneau is a picturesque view of Alaskan beauty, surrounded by mountains, forests, and wilderness. Glaciers are a major reason for tourist travel here, with several just outside the city on the surrounding slopes. In addition, there are close to a hundred hiking trails to choose from, with plenty of rental cabins from the National and State parks, and you can also get guided tours up through the mountains and trails, or even go kayaking and whale watching. Many visitors charter a helicopter or a plane to see as much of it as possible, but the only way to experience all of it is to come here for a week or two during the summer months and explore to your heart’s content.