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The State Capitol Building

5th avenue, Juneau, AK
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Ranked #19 of 24 attractions in Juneau
Type: Government Buildings
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Huntsville, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was a free tour and it was excellent. Our group of 6 independent travelers were thrilled to get out of the rain, but it would have been worth it on the prettiest day as well. Our guide was very thorough and knowledgeble. So glad we happened upon this worthwhile, educational treat

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Juneau, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

noon the organ is played. song of yesteryear & the acoustics unbelievable. there is also the state library where you can look up old micro-scripts of historical articles & photographs! there is also coffee shops (2x) & you can get a bite to eat as you enjoy the noon performance!

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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107 reviews 107 reviews
49 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We are history buffs and have toured quite a number of State Capitols, so we had to do Juneau. As expected, there is no dome and it doesn't compare in majesty to many others. We really enjoyed the tour and the guides' pride in Alaska's statehood. It was the territorial office building before statehood. From the ship it was all... More

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Saginaw, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Coming from Michigan where we cannot do this, it surprised me that we were able to wander all over the capitol building on our own! We enjoyed the old pictures and reading about the history of the building but did it in about 20 minutes. Most interesting was how the governor's office was accessible and open AND there were no... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A nicely done, simple tour given by a local. The legislature isn't in session much - so you're mostly getting a history lesson and a view of the building. As such, nicely done. Note: In Summer 2014 the building was under extensive renovation so there were areas we couldn't go, but we got to see the important things.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The AK Capitol building used to be a Federal office building, so it's not visually stunning and the architecture is basic and nondescript. It is nice to visit just to see the legislative offices but if you aren't an Alaska, I don't think you would care. It would just feel like you are visiting any other office complex.

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Vermont
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It is very small and very plain compared to other State Capitol buildings. The tour was very good and it is only a short walk from the cruise ships.

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Buffalo, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Those who have been to a variety of states capitals know that the state capitol building usually is large and has some sort of dome. Not so in Alaska. In 1931, the United States government constructed the Territorial and Federal Building to handle business before Alaska became a state. When Alaska achieved statehood status in 1959, the building was turned... More

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Boise, Idaho
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133 reviews 133 reviews
38 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The kid giving the tour was really nice, but you don't get to see a whole lot on this tour, I think it took about 20 minutes, plus the Alaska capitol is frankly kind of boring compared to other state capitols I've been too. If you have a half hour to kill out of the rain, go for it, but... More

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Big Flats, New York
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We veered off the tourist path and walked to the state capital. They said it was open for you to see it and they mean it! Everyone there was happy to see us and wanted to guide/direct us to whatever we wanted to see. You can wander around yourself or take a guided tour with a pamphlet they provide. We... More

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