The friendly staff gives Juneau International Hostel a reputation as a home away from home. Spend the evening swapping travel stories with people from all over the world. The first gold rush brought thousands of prospectors to Juneau, turning an area of mountains, forested valleys, and flatlands into the boomtown that is now Alaska’s capital. Examine the exhibits on native Alaskans, Russian settlements, and mining at the Alaska State Museum. Enjoy plays given by the acclaimed Perseverance Theatre; Juneau Symphony concerts; and the annual Alaska Folk Festival! Hike trails beginning right outside the hostel’s front door! The Mendenhall Glacier is a must as well as the luscious salmon bakes. Winter brings downhill and cross-country skiing and ice skating.