Diva Goes Ashore in ALASKA
Sights to see & things to do
The huge lode of
gold discovered in 1880 transformed Juneau into a booming mining town.
During gold rush days, three of the world’s largest gold
mining operations were located here. In
1900, Juneau became the territorial capital of Alaska, but mining and
commercial fishing absorbed most residents.
Cruise ships dock
right downtown except on particularly busy days when tendering might
be necessary. The visitor
information center is housed at the cruise ship wharf and has walking
tour maps and Juneau literature. Don’t
miss the bronze statue of Patsy Ann, a bull terrier nicknamed “the
official boat greeter of Juneau” in the 1930’s because of her
habit of meeting all boat arrivals. Once
you’ve been “greeted” by Patsy Ann, proceed either by foot or
hop on the shuttle bus service that takes visitors up and down the
Opened as a
territorial museum in 1900, the Alaska State Museum contains a
wildlife exhibit, a collection of artifacts reflecting Native culture
and the area’s Russian history, as well as exhibits reminiscent of
the city’s fishing and mining heritage.
From the pier
it’s a simple matter to arrange transportation to Mendenhall
Glacier, the most accessible glacier in Alaska.
A taxi is a pricey alternative so watch for the refurbished
school bus for a less expensive thirteen
mile ride. Park rangers are on
duty at the U.S. Forest Service visitor center to answer any questions
you might have after viewing the exhibits and video.
To get close to the glacier, there is a half-mile nature trail.
excursions include helicopter and float trips.
If your dream is to walk on a glacier, this is your chance.
Don ice boots and go for a stroll when your helicopter lands on
either Mendenhall or Norris Glacier. On
the shore of Mendenhall Lake you can board rafts bound past icebergs
and into the Mendenhall River. Aside
from the spectacular views, float trips often include lunches of
smoked salmon and reindeer sausage.
at the dock, an easy six minute ride on the Mount Roberts Tramway
rewards sightseers with a spectacular view from 2,000 feet up Mount
Roberts. On a clear day it’s
a must-do, but if it’s overcast, don’t waste the time and money.
Instead, amble on over to Franklin Street and Marine Way for a
taste of Juneau’s frontier spirit at the Red Dog Saloon.
Try a locally brewed beer or ale and look for one of Wyatt
Earp’s pistols among the many items displayed behind the bar.
Cruising-- Spring! It's
in the air and cruisers' fancies turn north. North to Alaska, with
thoughts of majestic scenery, frontiers to explore, and what to
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