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CityScape: Juneau, Alaska

The city is pure gold for those who get a rush from outdoor adventures.

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(Photo: OLIVER WEISS WWW.OWEISS.COM)

Juneau, Alaska, is an adventurer’s paradise, full of activities galore for those who can’t get enough of the outdoors.

PLAY

Hiking, biking and boating are mainstays on the picturesque Alaskan frontier. Visit the popular Mendenhall Glacier and take in the views of Nugget Falls. Take a boat tour that includes whale watching or kayak around stunning islands. You may see sea lions, eagles and bears. Oh my!

Visit a museum in town to learn about early Alaskans, the trade industry and the lawless gold mining business. You can still go gold mining – and that’s actually how Juneau got its name. Joe Juneau found gold while panning in what is now called Gold Creek. Or hop on Mount Robert’s Tram – it’s a six-minute ride to the top with expansive views of downtown Juneau and Gastineau Channel.

STAY

Tucked away in the Mendenhall Valley with a view of the glacier is Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa, which feels like an enchanted garden. The secluded property has outdoor hot tubs and saunas, offers complimentary bikes and will help you plan a route to explore the local sites.

DINE

Alaska’s food scene is all about locally sourced foods – kelp salsa anyone? But seriously, get the salmon! The fishing industry brings tourists from all over the world to try smoked salmon, cured salmon, salmon jerky and even sweetened salmon candy. Try the fresh-caught salmon at Salt, a restaurant with a local behind the menu, Michelin star-trained chef Lionel Uddipa. Of course, you can’t leave Juneau without trying the Alaskan king crab at Tracy’s King Crab Shack. It’s simply delicious – and affordable.

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