A trip to Alaska, our 50th and most sparsely populated state, is not one of looking at history and differing cultures, or unique architecture, but one of wide open spaces and the seeing the beauty of nature. Juneau, the capital of the state, is only accessible by the sea, with the city nestled at the base of a mountain.
There are no roads connecting it to the rest of the state, so everything must come in and out of Juneau by boat or plane. With a population of only 30,000, it’s quite funny to think about the five cruise ships that come in and dock during the high season, putting 15,000 tourists onto their streets for a day. They certainly rely heavily on tourism to help their economy.
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