Juneau is the most inaccessible capital city in the United States. Located in the Gastineau Channel in the Alaska panhandle, the city is without any highway connection and over 850 miles from Anchorage the state’s largest city. Accessible only by plane or ferry, many might find that level of isolation maddening. But the people of Juneau are a hearty bunch and seem to thrive in the seclusion.
If you were going to hole up somewhere Juneau might be an excellent place. Surrounded by the massive stone cliffs that keep the harsh winters at bay. (Certainly given that it is Alaska the winter is colder than the lower 48 but much milder than the latitude might suggest with winter temperatures averaging 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 Celsius) The surrounding mountains also greatly reduce wind chills.) This relatively warmer winter creates a home for much of the areas abundant wildlife. Bald eagles patrol the skies, Black bears prowl for salmon and the humpback whales use the channel and bays for raising calves.
In the summer the city is frequented by cruise ships which unleash their hordes for photo ops and souvenirs. If you are given a short window of opportunity to visit, it might be easy to glance over the many wonders of this capital city but for those who are willing to look beyond the surface, the city’s abundant charms await.