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Juneau Alaska Sign. Centrill Media/Shutterstock
uneau Alaska Sign. Centrill Media/Shutterstock
Juneau Lighthouse. Jarrod Erbe/Shutterstock
Juneau Lighthouse. Jarrod Erbe/Shutterstock
Cruise Ship Docked. Floridastock/Shutterstock
Cruise Ship Docked. Floridastock/Shutterstock
Streets of Juneau. Sam DCruz/Shutterstock
Streets of Juneau. Sam DCruz/Shutterstock
Sunset at Beach. Yosuke Sano/Shutterstock
Sunset at Beach. Yosuke Sano/Shutterstock
Juneau city Museum. Sam DCruz/Shutterstock
Juneau city Museum. Sam DCruz/Shutterstock
Juneau City. Teo Dominguez/Shutterstock
Juneau City. Teo Dominguez/Shutterstock
Port of Juneau. Ruth Peterkin/Shutterstock
Port of Juneau. Ruth Peterkin/Shutterstock

Juneau, Alaska

Juneau is the capital city of the U.S. state of Alaska located on the Gastineau Channel. The city was built on gold and named after Joe Juneau who started the great Alaskan Gold Rush of 1880ís. Juneau Shares its eastern border with British Columbia Canada and is the only U.S. State capital to do so.

As a very popular tourist destination Juneau is very busy, especially from May to September when it sees more than one million tourists arrive via the enormous cruise ships which dock at its port. Tourism is a large driver of the local economy but it also thrives on its large fishing industry and many locals work for the government departments that make up nearly a quarter of all jobs.

The downtown area of Juneau is the center of action with plenty of shops restaurants, pubs and cafes. The Alaska State Centennial Museum, Centennial Hall Convention Center, Juneau-Douglas city museum and the Alaska State capitol building are some of the best attractions worth seeing. Downtown is also where the Alaska Folk Festival and the Juneau Jazz and Classics music festivals are held every year.

For the best view and a wonderful experience take a ride on the Mount Roberts Tramway. The cable car ride is an amazing 1,800-foot climb to the top of Mount Roberts where you will experience breathtaking views of the city harbor and surrounding Alaskan mountains. Many who come to Juneau rate the tramway at the top tourist attractions so donít miss the opportunity.

Juneau is isolated by road with all vehicles in the city having made their way here via the ferry known as the Alaska Marine Highway System. There are several roads inside the city including the Juneau-Douglas Bridge that spans the channel to Douglas Island which features tourist attractions like the Perseverance Theatre, Remnants of the Treadwell gold mine and of course the most ever so popular Eaglecrest Ski Area for those interested in the recreational activity of skiing.

The Mendenhall Glacier tour is highly recommended where you can see 38 major glaciers flowing from the Juneau Icefield. Mendenhall also features excellent ice caves for curious visitors.

For more information on Juneau you may also want to see the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Skyline view of the city Juneau, Alaska. B Calkins/Shutterstock
Skyline view of the city Juneau, Alaska. B Calkins/Shutterstock
View of Juneau from Mt Roberts. Michael Papasidero/Shutterstock
View of Juneau from Mt Roberts. Michael Papasidero/Shutterstock