Douglas Island

Gastineau Channel

Juneau from Above

Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau

Larger view

Alaska's Capital City

Alaska is hilly and mountainous country, but that has not stopped over 30,000 people from settling into the city of Juneau. Views from the Mt. Roberts Tramway, which lifts visitors almost 4,000 feet to a mountain summit, shows the steepness of the terrain and the small size of the city compared to the surrounding landscape.

Juneau sits on the Gastineau Channel across from Douglas Island, where actor and director Mel Gibson is reputed to have a summer home. Twelve miles out of town is the Mendenhall Glacier, a favorite destination for tourists.