is both a borough and city located within the Gastineau Channel and the panhandle of Alaska
. The city is the capital of Alaska and is also the second in size in the entire United States. Juneau has been the capital city of Alaska since 1906 and has prided in fast growth and development over the years. After Anchorage, Juneau is the second most populated city in Alaska. It is blessed with a magnificent rugged terrain that has resulted in the town having no extensive road network connecting it to the rest of the state.
Juneau enjoys a convenient location at sea level, surrounded by natural beauty from the surrounding mountains. The mountains are blessed with large volumes of ice resulting in the glaciers that have become extremely attractive in the recent past. Juneau city and the borough is inclusive of other exciting spots and locations, some of which are the Tidal Island, the ever-scenic Douglas Island, as well as the intricate Juneau-Douglas Bridge.
Juneau has several outstanding landmarks that have also become chief tourist attraction spots. Apart from its attractive, rugged landscape, Juneau also has spectacular sight-seeing places from which the significant parts of the city can be viewed.
A beautiful blend of ancient buildings and modern skyscrapers line the cityscape, ending in a beautiful view against the ice-glazed mountains yonder. The Alaska State Capitol buildings are at the center of attraction in Juneau, complete with beautiful, natural parks and gardens with well-manicured lawns. The sacred spot holding the Saint Therese Shrine along with the Russian Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas form some of the significant places in the city dating back into centuries.
The Juneau-Douglas Bridge remains another vital spot in the city. It is still the most convenient way to reach the city, seeing that no expansive road network is in place. The bridge is a great sight-seeing spot, across the water, overlooking the scenic Juneau Mountain and the tall Mount Roberts in the distance, with their beautiful snow peaks.
Traveling to Juneau is either by air or water, and this has made it a trendy cruise-ship spot as visitors take to tour and view the city in detail. Fun activities include a tour up Mount Roberts via the commonly used tram rides. Bird-watching and wildlife viewing are also everyday activities. Numerous biking and hiking trails up the mountain reveal more family activities to indulge in.
When to visit Juneau
Juneau's climate falls within the hot and cold temperate climate thresholds but seems to incline more to the warm summer humid continental climate of Köppen Dfb, with a border on the oceanic climate of Köppen Cfb. The weather is mainly characteristic of snowy but mild, moist winters and short, dry springs. Autumn is the wettest time of the year, and summer is warm and pleasant.
Rainfall is received in large amounts in September
, totaling up to 17.2" (437mm) on average. The rest of the months receive moderately low rain, and April
receives the least rainfall at 3" (76mm).
Snowfall begins as early as October, albeit in traces, and extends through April. The snowiest month is January
with as high as 70cm in accumulation! There are approximately 220cm of snowfall in the ear, with an average of 43 snowy days.
While summer has its temperature in the average highs of 64.9°F (18.3°C) and lows of 50.9°F (10.5°C), winter has its mercury between 4.8°F (-15.1°C) and 34.7°F (1.5°C).
The traveling season to Juneau peaks between May
and September, during summer. Apart from the favorable weather for the outdoors, summer is Juneau's peak wildlife viewing season. That, on top of some of the commonly held events and festivals in the city, has remained vital in the influx of tourists.
In April, Juneau hosts the Alaska Folk Festival, making one of the popular events during spring, along with the May Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival. The June
Gold Rush Days take the city back to its historic mining and logging age amid numerous family-themed activities.