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June 09, 2006

JUNEAU

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The front yard of Alaska's pristine wilderness

Juneau, Alaska's capital is the third largest city in the state. Like Alaska, Juneau is full of contrasts, a sophisticated cosmopolitan city in the heart of the Tongass National Forest. Nestled at the base of towering mountains overlooking the Gastineau Channel, the community's rich culture is displayed throughout the town and several museums.

Travelers can hike miles of scenic trails through temperate rainforests, tidal beaches and up mountains capped by alpine meadows. The areaís stunning beauty is best viewed from the air and sea. Helicopters and fixed-wing air crafts whisk visitors up to the spectacular Juneau icefield.

While fleets of marine vessels stand ready to provide personal encounters with Southeast Alaskaís abundant aquatic wildlife. View the Mendenhall Glacier, the stateís top attraction. Its impressive face is roughly 100 feet high and 1.5 miles wide. The U.S. Forest Service observatory provides visitors with rare insights to glacial movements.

Because of Juneauís location, the area offers convenient access to Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm Fjord, the Taku River, Admiralty Island and Pack Creek Bear Preserve, as well as a host of secluded wilderness resorts. Whether itís the serenity of an alpine meadow or the thrill of witnessing a breaching whale, adventure runs wild in Juneau.

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Posted by Denise at June 9, 2006 09:37 AM

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