Juneau Travel Guide
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Accessible only by sea or air, Alaska's 'Gateway to the Glaciers' is the state's scenic capital, situated among spectacular mountains on the shores of the Gastineau Channel. The holiday destination of Juneau is however not as wild and uncultured as one would expect of such a remote destination. It affords all the pleasures of a large city, while also offering an abundance of activities and natural escapes for outdoor enthusiasts in its backyard.
In 1880 the city swarmed with gold prospectors, but today it is the cruise ship passengers who pack the streets every summer, enjoying the shopping, dining and picturesque surroundings. Juneau's attractions include the Mount Roberts Tram and the Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska's most visited glacier due to its easy access and proximity to the city. Glacier Bay National Park is one of the country's more dramatic regions and is also accessible from Juneau, by boat or plane. Helicopter rides, fishing, whale-watching, hiking and kayaking are popular activities in which to fully appreciate the vast wilderness surrounding Juneau.
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