A gorgeous southeastern Alaska port city surrounded by deep-green, forested mountains, Juneau is considered by many to be America’s most scenic state capital. It’s located on a network of intercoastal waterways within the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the United States.
With road-accessible glaciers, many miles of trails and plentiful wildlife—from whales to eagles to bears—Juneau offers nearly infinite possibilities for Alaskan adventures, most within 15 minutes of its busy city center. Downtown has retained its turn-of-the-century architecture and charming character set amid hilly streets lined with cool and quirky shops, restaurants and art galleries. Waterfalls cascade down skyscraper cliffs so close you can almost touch them.
Outside the city, you’ll find exceptional fishing, kayaking, whale watching, bear spotting, biking, hiking, downhill skiing, ziplining and other wildlife viewing.