Juneau, Alaska is America’s most scenic state capital and the second largest U.S. city by area—almost as big as Rhode Island and Delaware combined (but with nearly two million fewer people). See wildlife like you’ve never seen before: humpback whales, bears, eagles and orcas (often on the same excursion). Or check out a local glacier. Juneau boasts several, including Mendenhall Glacier, one of the few drive-up glaciers on earth. Alaska’s capital also features Alaska’s most accessible wilderness, with 250 miles of trails—from relaxed nature walks to strenuous uphill treks—and the Tongass National Forest right in our backyard. This means outstanding hiking, biking and trail running; the protected coastal waters of the Inside Passage also make Juneau a world-class destination for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and even surfing (wetsuit strongly recommended). Another popular local attraction: dogsledding on the Juneau Icefield (the helicopter ride up there is an unforgettable experience in itself). Of course, the Capital City counts Alaska Native heritage among its greatest strengths. The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian communities have inhabited Southeast Alaska for 10,000 years, and today, Juneau remains a cultural hub, anchored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Center, a state-of-the-art performance, exhibition, research and living history center for Southeast Alaska Native culture. In addition to murals, totems and carvings all over town, you’ll also find a comprehensive collection of Native art and artifacts at the State Library and Archives and Museum. Juneau’s downtown shopping district is its own adventure with unique art, clothing, and housewares. Explore Juneau’s burgeoning food scene, where a fresh batch of culinary artists creates contemporary cuisine showcasing Southeast Alaska’s wild bounty, including some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat. Speaking of which, Juneau also offers spectacular sportfishing, particularly for salmon and halibut but also rockfish, Dolly Varden and steelhead, rainbow and cutthroat trout. All this, just a quick two-and-a-half hour flight from Seattle.