08/22/2013 12:05 am ET Updated Oct 21, 2013

The Summer Alaskans Comfortably Wore T-Shirts and Shorts on Ice Glaciers

JUNEAU -- Bright blue skies over Southeast Alaska have made this a summer to remember for the region's tourist industry.

Visitors may wonder just how the Tongass National Forest happens to become the world's largest temperate rain forest, what with the lack of rain and all.

"People are coming here on a sunny day and are, like, 'Why wouldn't everyone live here? This is amazing,'" said Betsy Dorn, tour manager at Wings of Alaska, which flies sightseeing tours on de Havilland Otter seaplanes over Juneau glaciers and to its historic Taku River Lodge.

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