N.Y. Times spotlights 36 hours in Juneau

Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2009

JUNEAU - If you had only 36 hours to spend in Juneau, what would you do?

New York Times travel writer Cornelia Dean experienced many of the capital city's popular offerings in a day and a half of nonstop fun. The article, published in the Sunday Travel section of the Times, featured photos by Juneau Empire photographer Michael Penn.

"Residents of Juneau brag that their town is the most beautiful capital city in America, and they have a strong argument," Dean writes. " ... But despite Juneau's overall utilitarian vibe, there's more to the town's appeal than natural beauty."

Dean's first stop was Western Auto Marine to buy a pair of Xtratuf Boots, a "must-have item," she explained. From there, she recommended a hike on the Switzer Creek and Richard Marriott Trails to catch a glimpse of Juneau's ancient woods.

She also recommended fresh fish at Hangar on the Wharf Pub & Grill, a show at the Perseverance Theatre, a wildlife viewing tour, lunch at the Triangle Club or El Sombrero, a stroll through the Alaska State Museum at the Juneau Artists Gallery, shopping downtown, a visit to the Observatory, dinner at Zephyr, coffee and dessert at Heritage Coffee Company, and an evening visit to Mendenhall Glacier.

A slide show of photos by Michael Penn features 13 images, which feature visitors gathered around Nugget Falls, a kayaker on Mendenhall Lake, the Governor's Mansion, a wildlife-viewing boat floating next to humpback whales feeding in Stephens Passage, and tourists shopping on South Franklin Street.

To view the article, visit http://travel.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/travel/30hours.html.

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