But for the mountain and ocean views visible from the core, it would be hard to distinguish downtown Juneau from any other thriving tourist destination in terms of the throngs of people and places for those crowds to spend their money.
When 3 cruise ships are in port, the city’s population swells from a modest 5 thousand to a zoo of over 15 thousand all intent on opening their wallets to procure a suitcase full of mostly on tacky tourist items.
Many of the stores are cruise line owned jewelry shops that you can see in any and all corners of the world, i.e. Princess Jewelry and Diamonds International.
We were informed by a couple from one of the ships that passengers are given an ‘indoctrination’ briefing on how and where best to buy jewelry at each of their stops.
My personal favorite was this t-shirt spoofing just one of ex-governor Sarah Palin’s many inane comments during the 2008 Presidential election campaign, which read:
I can see Russia from my house.
(Why do I always hear Tina Fey’s voice when I see those words?) 🙂
With winding narrow streets teaming with scores of tourist buses and vans, the city of Juneau has wisely employed crossing cards to keep the pedestrians safe from… well, themselves most likely, especially after a visit to the much heralded Red Dog Saloon which during peak hours nearly always sports a lineup.
But the bespeckled bunny was pretty good too.
We also enjoyed a brew at the Alaskan Hotel which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has retained it’s original appeal and isn’t swamped with tourists.
To counter the brews, we also ate both at the Hangar and Tracy’s King Crab Shack.
Made daily with all fresh ingredients, the homemade Bisque at Tracy’s King Crab Shack is
a must-try as was the dungeness crab.
Here’s a prettier picture of downtown Juneau.
Next post will be about the areas surrounding Juneau.