Alaska Travel Adventures has offered its Gold Creek Salmon Bake (tel. 800/323-5757 or 907/789-0052) for more than 30 years. It's touristy, yes, but fun, with marshmallow roasting, music, and other entertainment -- great for families (I'd avoid it in the rain, however.) The cost is $42 for adults, $28 for children. They come and get you and return you to your hotel.

For more substantial performances, try to catch a show by Juneau's Perseverance Theatre, Alaska's largest professional theater. The winter season, starting in September and lasting until early June, includes Alaska's best cutting-edge drama, including serious homegrown work. Paula Vogel was here when she wrote How I Learned to Drive, which later won the Pulitzer Prize. Summer offerings are limited to youth theater and workshops. To find out what's playing, contact the theater's office at 914 3rd St., Douglas (tel. 907/364-2421), or check the website at

A political scandal or two put a damper on some of the infamous legislative partying that once occurred in Juneau, far away from home districts, but good places to go out drinking and dancing still exist. The Red Dog Saloon, 278 S. Franklin St., is the town's most famous bar, with a sawdust-strewn floor, a slightly contrived but nonetheless infectious frontier atmosphere, and walls covered with Alaska memorabilia. Locals hang across the street, at the Alaskan Bar, 167 S. Franklin, which occupies an authentic gold-rush hotel with a two-story Victorian barroom. Boisterous parties and music go on there all year. The Hangar is the place for beer drinkers. They have a big-screen TV and live music Friday and Saturday nights, as well as pool and darts.

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