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Named for explorer Joe Juneau and now the capital of Alaska, Juneau is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and stunning views of both water and mountains.
Known as Alaska's "First City" because it's the first major community travelers see as they journey north, Ketchikan is located on an island and began as an Indian fishing camp the name comes from a Tlinget Indian phrase meaning "eagle with spread-out wings" and refers to a waterfall near town.
Originally the Russian capital of North America, the Imperial Russian flag was replaced by the Stars and Stripes when the United States purchased Alaska in 1867 the town later enjoyed rapid population growth with the gold boom.
Skagway was once known to thousands of hopeful gold rushers as the gateway to the gold fields; but although it boasted the shortest route to the Klondike it was far from the easiest.
Named after Captain George Vancouver who sailed the area's waters in 1792, Vancouver is today a major cosmopolitan city, the third largest in Canada, with many tourist attractions, a mild climate, ourdoor activities, and many beautiful parks.
Victoria, a picture-perfect city exuding old-world charm with fragrant and colorful flowers everywhere, was founded in 1843 and is now the provincial capital of British Columbia.