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Juneau, with a population of 31,000 is the only state capital which borders a foreign country and is the only one not accessible by road.

The Mount Roberts tramway provides an expansive  view from the Chilkat Mountains to the north, down the Gastineau Channel to the lands and waterways of the south, west to Douglas Island, and east into Silver Bow Basin.Juneau is a thriving city in the heart of Alaska's majestic mountains, rivers, glaciers, and forests. Its citizens work in government, tourism, mining, and fishing.

The Mendenhall is just one of the 38 major glaciers that flow from the Juneau Icefield, an expanse of interconnected glaciers that sits just behind the mountains next to Juneau. During the 80 degree Fahrenheit day that we visited, the local children were swimming in the glacier fed lake.

Colourful people and colourful buildings exemplify the Juneau spirit.Alaska was celebrating its 50th anniversary as a State in 2009.

Long stairways are used to access the homes which are built up the side of the mountain.Carol tried to visit Sarah Palin at the Governor's mansion but she wasn't at home.

Alaska was home to Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples before being colonized by the Russians in the 1700s and purchased by the US in 1867.The Red Dog Saloon was founded during Juneau's mining era. It houses international currencies signed by miners, hunting trophy mounts and Wyatt Earp's gun.

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