You might be one of those people who likes a little adventure with your vacation… or maybe the other way ’round. If so, you should consider planning a trip to Juneau, Alaska.
This sprawling, lovely capital city offers a getaway like no other, but it’s definitely not your typical vacation. For starters, you can’t drive there. Juneau isn’t connected to Alaska’s highway system, so the only way in or out is by boat or plane. Once you’re there—there you are.
But, boy, what a place to be… Once in Juneau, which is located in the Tongass National Forest in the southeastern part of the state, you are able to launch a number of notable adventures, from hiking and camping on one of the trails to whale watching or fishing or kayaking in the icy waters.
Don’t expect to feel hemmed in, either. Although the city officially covers an area roughly the size of Rhode Island, with barely 30,000 residents you’ll have ample room to stretch out.
Plan a day to explore Mendenhall Glacier, easily one of Juneau’s most popular attractions. But it’s only one of nearly 40 glaciers that make up 1,500 square miles of ice—some of it a third of a mile deep in places—that lie alongside the city. More intrepid explorers might want to consider a day of ice-climbing, while those preferring to admire beauty from a distance can tour over on one of the many helicopter services.
The fjords of Alaska are equally awe-inspiring, and among the most popular is Tracy Arm, lying to the south of Juneau. This narrow, deep channel hosts many cruise ships, which ferry numerous visitors to the capital annually.
Depending on the time of year—April through November is best—Juneau is one of the best places to get up close and personal… but not too personal… with whales. During those months, some 600 or so humpback whales make their way through the northern Inside Passage. Take a chartered boat tour out to Glacier Bay or the fjords to catch a glimpse of the humpback or an orca.
If you’d like to catch sight of other wildlife, consider one of the area’s many inland tours on which you’re likely to see bears, eagles and other birds, and possibly a mountain goat or two.
When you’re done, return to the city for a dose of Gold Rush-era architecture and the freshest salmon you’ll ever have… and, who knows, you might decide to add one person to Juneau’s population.
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