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Juneau, Alaska

This is a place for adventurists. Juneau is the capital city of Alaska, located in the state’s Southeastern region, with a population of about 30,000 and an area bigger than Rhode Island. There is no road that leads to Juneau, so you can get in either by air or by sea transport, while the city itself has nice roads, and is highly walkable. The public Capital Transit provides daily bus service for downtown Juneau and vicinity and charges $1.50 for travel in one direction. Car rentals are available at the airport and are necessary if you wish to explore far on your own. Taxis are an economical alternative, since the taxi vans can carry up to 7 passengers and cost about the same as busses for 5 or more.

While here you should really consider visiting The Alaska State Museum, Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Mendenhall Glacier (a massive 1.5 mile wide glacier calving into its own lake, located about 13 miles north of downtown Juneau), Alaskan Brewing Company Brewery Tour, Shrine of St Therese, Chapel By The Lake and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. Be aware that Juneau is very spread-out. It is broken into sections. There is “Downtown”, and “The Valley” (where the Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Mall, a skate park, as well as most of the residential is located). The distance between the two is 15 minutes.

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