Southeast Alaska, also known as the Alaska Panhandle, covers the northern coastline west of British Columbia. The place is
sparsely 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.
In summer many cruise ships join the traffic.
to a mild and rainy climate the rugged terrain with islands and mountains is heavily forested, most of the panhandle is
part of the very large 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.