Despite being geographically cut off from the contiguous United States, Alaska is one of the most beautiful states of the country. The City and Borough of Juneau is the capital of Alaska, and it is located in the Alaskan panhandle, to the south-east of the state on the Gastineau Channel. Juneau lies at the base of Mount Roberts (3,819 feet) and Mount Juneau (3,576 feet).
The area that now forms part of modern day Juneau was inhabited by Tlingit Indians. In the late 1800s, Joe Juneau and Richard Harris discovered gold in the region and the influx of gold miners precipitated the establishment of the city. In 1906, the government of the then District of Alaska was moved from Sitka to Juneau and it became the capital of the State of Alaska. It is now the second most populous city in Alaska after Anchorage.
Juneau is a unique capital city in many respects. It can only be reached by air or by water and has no roads connecting the city with other parts of the state. The people of Juneau do not seem to be particularly keen on building any either. Over the past few decades, there has been some demand for the capital to be moved from Juneau, but that sentiment never seems to last.
The Last Chance Mining Museum, the Shrine of St Therese, the Alaska State Museum, Mount Roberts Tramway, Nugget Falls, and the nearby Mendenhall Glacier are among the top tourist attractions of Juneau.