The satellite view shows Juneau, the capital of Alaska United States
. Alaska's second largest city is situated at the foot of Mt. Juneau on the Gastineau Channel in Southeast Alaska also known as the Alaskan panhandle.
Downtown Juneau with Mount Juneau in background.
Image: Alan Wu
Gold was discovered in 1880 near the location where Juneau is now, and soon a mining camp was established which grew to a small town called Harrisburg, later renamed to Juneau. In 1906 the seat of government of the Alaska Territory was moved from Sitka to Juneau. On 3rd January 1959, Alaska became the 49th state; it is by far the largest state in the Union.
Juneau, official the City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ), lies in the southeastern part of Alaska, north of the Alexander Archipelago. The urban area stretches along the Gastineau Channel (portions of the city also sit on Douglas Island), the northern part of the town, where the airport is, surrounds the small Mendenhall River.
Today Juneau has a population of almost 33,000 inhabitants (in 2015).
Distances: Juneau to Anchorage
575 mi (926 km), Juneau to Seattle
893 mi (1,436 km).
Alaska State Capitol Building in Juneau.
Image: Jay Galvin
It is perhaps America's most unusual state capital. There is the climate; according to some folks, the weather is predictably and consistently miserable.
However, the city's climate is milder in winter than its latitude may suggest. Thanks to the influence of the Pacific Ocean winters are clammy and long, but warm by Alaskan standards. During winter, Mount Juneau is a paramount avalanche threat to the city.
The transportation situation is also kind of awkward; there are no roads connecting Juneau with the rest of the world. It is the only capital with no direct access by road; one can reach the city only by air or sea. Juneau International Airport serves the city.
The economy of the capital relies on government, mining, fishing, and tourism; the city is a popular cruise ship port of call.
The capital is home to the University of Alaska Southeast
, UAS's main campus is located in Juneau.
Juneau points of interest:
Mount Roberts Tramway and cruise ship docks in Juneau.
Alaska State Capitol, the six stories capitol building houses the Alaska Legislature and the offices of the governor of Alaska.
Alaska State Museum (Alaska's state museum is now part of SLAM, the State Library, Archives, and Museum. The new museum and archive building opened in June 2016. SLAM's mission is to document Alaska’s culture and history). Juneau-Douglas City Museum (showcases Juneau's cultural, economic, and social history, gold rush times and works by Tlingit people and the local Aak'w and T'aaku Kwaan clans)
Chapel by the Lake (Presbyterian church in Auke Bay), Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the smallest cathedral in North America is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Juneau)
Mount Roberts Tramway is an aerial tramway connecting the base station close to the cruise ship docks with the "Sky Bridge" on Mount Roberts, 550 m above the city. At the top station of the tramway are a restaurant, a theater, a nature center, and souvenir shops.
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure (50 acres of Southeast Alaska’s rainforest garden within the Tongass National Forest)
Mendenhall Glacier (the terminus of the outlet glacier and the Mendenhall Lake are the main attractions within the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area). Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness (two deep and narrow fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm), Juneau Icefield (fifth-largest ice field in the Western Hemisphere and the source of many glaciers), Taku Glacier (deepest and thickest alpine temperate glacier in the world), Eaglecrest Ski Area (public ski area on Douglas Island)
Douglas Island is a tidal island opposite Juneau separated from the city by the Gastineau Channel, connected by the Juneau-Douglas Bridge)
The page shows a city map of Juneau with expressways, main roads, and streets, zoom out to find the location of Juneau International Airport (IATA code: JNU), located eight mi (13 km) by road (via Alaska Route 7 (Egan Drive)) northwest of Downtown Juneau.
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