Juneau Alaska Land of Gold and Midnight Sun
Juneau is a picturesque city abundant in local cultures. It is located in the Panhandle of Southeast Alaska with a total of 3255.0 square miles. Based on the United States Census Bureau, Juneau is known to be one of the largest municipalities in the United States. It is 900 miles north of Seattle and from Anchorage, one has to travel 600 air miles. The borough also includes the Douglas Island and has residents totaling 30,000. It is a city where sky meets water because it is enclosed in 17 million acres of forest named Tonggas and ice surface with 1000 square mile.
The city is originally a fishing ground until 1880 when Richard Harris and Joseph Juneau found out that the area was feasible for gold mining and this led to the settlement of town’s people into such industry as their source of income. In 1900, the city was made the capital of Alaska and when the former joined the union of US’ states in 1959, the Juneau was retained as the state capital.
Juneau’s climate is typically humid since it is near the Pacific Ocean. Local residents experience the rainy season in October. Though, the place can have rains from time to time because of its proximity to rainforest. Then at the months of December to March, occasional snow is experienced. However, in January, this place experience heavy snow, which sometimes can reach to above freezing.
There are one thousand reasons to visit Juneau Alaska. It is a combination of the old and the new. As the capital, it is bursting with activities but the outskirts provide you with magnificent and wonderful sceneries and lush wildlife.
As one of the most beautiful state capital, it’s no wonder people flock to the city for unlimited opportunities to work in the mining, and fishing industry. In addition, people can avail of the professional jobs offered in the government and tourism. A booming industry catering to retirees is in the open. Furthermore, the quality of life offered by the city leads to opportunities in recreation sector and education.
Contrary to what others know about Alaska, it is not as cold as you may think. Some US states like Chicago and Cleveland have far more colder winter than Juneau. Though it can’t be like Hawaii, it is advised that guests should still have layers of clothes. However, the Juneau tourism industry would still suggest shorts and short sleeve shirts during warm days.
For a really unique story, travelers are advised to visit the city in June. This is when they experience the midnight sun or 18 hours and 18 minutes of daylight on June 21. This happens when the sun just hide below the horizon but keeping its light rays on the Juneau sky until it rises a few hours later. In another corner is the December 21 wherein the sun will fade rapidly creating the shortest day, which lasts 6 hours and 21 minutes.