Juneau Travel Guide
Beer brewed with spruce tips!
It makes sense that Alaska has a thriving craft economy; after all, you need something to do when you’re cooped inside during a long winter. But Alaska’s longtime embrace of environmentalism and local pride, combined with the state’s unique plants and materials, means you can get awesome stuff here that you might not be able to find anywhere else.
If you want to buy a stuffed whale or a totem key chain, there are plenty of places happy to help you with that. But for something truly local* and meaningful, here are a couple of suggestions:
Whether your heart is still aching over her loss in last year’s election or the fact that she's still around, you better hustle up to Juneau, since time is running out for Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Over the long weekend, she decided to light off some of her own fireworks by announcing she wouldn’t be seeking a second term, nor would she even be finishing out her term in office; she’ll be wrapping up her duties and stepping down by the end of July.
Go to Alaska and bring home a souvenir eBay can be proud of: go to Alaska’s Capitol Building and try to get her to sign your ticket stub. The facilities are open all summer, obviously to take advantage of all those cruisers looking for glaciers, moose, and 2012 presidential candidates. The tours last for about thirty minutes, are totally free, and run daily. The state legislature, governor, and lieutenant governor all call this building their home away from home.
We hope to one day visit all 50 states in the US and are shamed that actress Eva Mendes got there first. Not only that, she left special memories in every place: The Miami native who plays the other woman in "The Women" claims to have had sex in all 50 states.
Seems Eva and a long-ago boyfriend did a major road trip where they hit most of the states. After that, we assume she just cashed in some frequent flier miles once she became famous to take dates to romantic, exotic Missouri and West Virginia. Best roadside rendezvous according to Mendes? Arizona and Colorado:
Maybe it was the clear air or the quiet or the endless sky. Whatever it was, it was really, really good."
Fun election-year tie-in: Mendes claims that the worst sex she had out of all 50 was in Alaska. We'll have to take her word for it, but why isn't there a term for this feat? Tangomag.com suggests "50 state sex cycle," but you can do better than that in the comments.
[Photo of Mendes in this month's ELLE magazine: Just Jared]