Very lucky when I visited Juneau one July. Had 4-5 consecutive sunny days--beautiful! The bears live in Katmai National Park. While I felt totally safe on the observation deck, walking between the deck and the sea plane was a little unnerving after being inspected for anything that could release scent.
Went to a resort to see aurora borealis (northern lights) one February. It was wicked cold. Didn't see much of a show--the lights were south in Montana the week we were in Fairbanks. Many Japanese tourists because folklore says that children conceived under the lights will be blessed..
So beautiful! In fact, some of my favorite images came from this trip to the islands collectively known as the San Juan Islands. Kayaking with orcas, lavender farm, maritime vistas. On the border of Washington and British Columbia, these islands are a best-kept secret that all should have on their destination list!