Juneau is the capital of Alaska. The city's population is close to 31,000. It is located 570 miles east of Anchorage. The climate is cool, with low temperatures of 21 degrees Fahrenheit in January and high temperatures of 64 degrees Fahrenheit in July.
Juneau is surrounded by mountain peaks and the waterfront of the Gastineau Channel. It is known for being a popular place for outdoor activities, such as kayaking, rafting and glacier hiking. Prior to European settlement, Juneau was the home and favored fishing ground of the Tlingit Indians. Joe Juneau and Richard Harris founded the site of Juneau in 1880 as a mining camp. The city's original name was Harrisburg. The name was subsequently changed to Rockwell before it eventually became Juneau.