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Southeast Alaska, also known as the Alaska Panhandle, covers the northern coastline west of British Columbia. The place is sparcely populated and most people live in or near Juneau which is Alaska's capital city since 1906.
 
It includes part of the  Inside Passage, a shipping lane that connects Washington State with Alaska.
Roads are sparce, the few towns and settlements are all located at the coast and are serviced by the Alaska Marine Highway system.
In summer many cruiseships join the heavy traffic
 
Thanks to a mild and rainy climate the rugged terrain with islands and mountains is heavily forested, most of the panhandle is part of the Tongass National Forest.
 
The Tlingi peoples are the original inhabitants, their culture goes back 10.000 years ago and they maintain their age-old matrilineal societal system.
 
In the 18th century the first Europeans showed up, first Russian trappers, soon followed by other adventurers.
Haines and Skagway were important ports of debarkation for the stampeders that rushed to the Klondike gold at the end of the 19th century.
 
Southeast Alaska is famous for its natural beauty and features many national parks and monuments, of which Glacier Bay is the best known.
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Haines
Skagway