Our Third Attraction, Alaska's Capital — Juneau

Few cities in the U.S. are as beautiful as Juneau. Besides being the capital of Alaska, residents who often refer to Juneau as a "little San Francisco" claim it's the most scenic capital in the country. The city center, which hugs the side of Mt. Juneau and Mt. Roberts, has many narrow streets running past a mixture of new structures, old storefronts, and slanted houses, all held together by a network of staircases.
The bustling waterfront features cruise ships, tankers, fishing boats, a few kayakers, and numerous floatplanes buzzing in and out. Only accessible by boat or plane, the city of Juneau is nestled between the bases of both mountains.
Founded during the gold rush in the late 1800s, it was surprising to learn that this attractive city was named after "prospector Joe Juneau."
Many of the buildings date back to the early 1900s, today housing gift shops, restaurants, and pubs, such as the popular Originating during the heyday of Juneau's glorious mining era, this world-famous saloon has provided hospitality and fellowship to weary travelers and local patrons alike. Early-day proprietors provided dancing and entertainment, such as Ragtime Hattie, who played the piano in her white gloves and silver-dollar halter top.
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Red Dog Saloon
<<click to open and read its caption; click photo to close], which when we approached it, was regretfully too packed to appreciate.
Consequently, we eight couldn't resist taking the 6-minute, 1,800-foot-long tramway ride to the top of Mt. Roberts for a fantastic overview of Juneau and the Chilkat Mountain Range. Up on the mount, we enjoyed a great seafood lunch with locally brewed Alaskan ale; saw a movie about the Tlingit people of old; got very close to We made sure that we turned off our cameras' flash because this injured eagle
is blind in one eye and half blind in the other.
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an injured bald eagle in captivity
; hiked or shopped a little; and took a few panoramic photographs atop the mountain crest.


To see what we enjoyed while touring our third port, take a look at our Juneau photo album.