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About Alaska - Juneau

Perhaps better known as the capital city, Juneau lies in the Gastineau Channel in the Alaskan Panhandle. Like many other southeast cities, Juneau was inhabited by the Tlingit people for thousands of years before the first European settlers arrived. There is a rich history behind the city that harkens back to the late 19th century when it was put on the map on account of the discovery of gold on nearby Douglas Island. This is likely the pivotal point which brought prospectors from far flung corners of the world, to strike it rich in the mining industry. Juneau is no less important today as it is the base of operations for the State Legistlature, and also sees over one milllion visitors between the months of May and September through the cruise ship industry. The population on any summer day can increase by as much as eight thousand people as the downtown waterfront can accommodate up to five cruise ships on any given day. While there is moorage for private yachts upwards of 200ft in the downtown area, most visiting yachts choose to frequent nearby Auke Bay on the far north end of town. The channel between the downtown and Auke Bay Marina is largely un-navigable by large yachts and requires a trip around Douglas Island to get there. There is no shortage of shopping, entertainment, and of course the great outdoors to exploit during ones visit to the capital city. Visiting Yachts can also benefit from the access to many items that would be hard to source in some of the other southeast communities. Lacking a road system to the rest of the state travel to and from Juneau is limited by air and sea.