Juneau: Picturesque Portal to Alaska's Amazing Wonders

  • Cruise into Alaska's Pristine Wilderness

    The port of Juneau is renowned for its beauty and proximity to the pristine wilderness of Alaska's Inside Passage. A wide variety of cruise companies offers experiences ranging from glamorous luxury liners to more intimate boutique adventure and expedition cruises. The colorful and historic town of Juneau is the perfect destination for pre-or post-cruise exploration.   It's also a standalone destination in its own right – you can easily enjoy a week-long Juneau experience without running out of exciting things to do!

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  • Visit a Magnificent "Drive-Up" Glacier

    No visit to Juneau is complete without a close-up look at the Mendenhall Glacier. Located less than a half-hour drive from Juneau, the 13-mile-long glacier is one of the world's few urban and readily accessible glaciers. Hike an easy path to a dramatic cascading waterfall and an unforgettable view on the shimmering blue ice of this formidable glacier.   The state-of-the-art visitor's center offers interactive exhibits, telescopes, ranger talks, children's activities, as well as an introductory movie.

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  • Juneau's Historic Downtown

    Juneau's quaint downtown still exudes the charm of its early Gold Rush days, with colorful buildings in various architectural styles lining the streets. For an even closer look at the history of Juneau, stroll through any of the small neighborhoods cascading up the mountainside. Here you'll find grandiose mansions as well as colorful small abodes that once housed miners and their families.  

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  • A Family Hike Through Majestic Nature

    You'll find the perfect spot for a family hike just steps away from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The Nugget Falls Trail is a relatively easy hike, but a truly spectacular one. You'll pass pristine forest glens, bubbling brooks and breathtaking views as you make your way to the majestic Nugget Falls that flow into the glacier lake.

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  • America's National Symbol, Up Close and Personal

    When visiting Juneau, don't be surprised if a bald eagle glides by and perches on a nearby rooftop. Once severely threatened by DDT poisoning, this majestic bird – America's national symbol – is thriving in the pristine forests of Alaska as well as in the urban communities of Juneau. Hiking paths are easily accessible from all parts of town and provide a perfect opportunity to view the region's abundant wildlife.

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  • Drive "Out The Road" for More Scenic Wonders

    If time permits, rent a car and drive "out the road," a colloquial term to describe the 45-mile highway that leads past some of Juneau's glorious backcountry.   The Eagle Beach State recreation area is located at the end of the road and is a perfect spot for beachcombing, hiking, birdwatching and viewing the whales, sea lions and other marine wildlife visible from the shore.

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  • Juneau is a Shopper's Haven

    Juneau's shopping opportunities are endless. Stroll down Franklin Street, Juneau's main shopping thoroughfare, and marvel at the variety of shops offering exquisite items from around the world.  From Russian artifacts to silver jewelry to handiwork produced by Native local artisans, Juneau is a shopaholic's dream.   Shopping tip:  If you take the tram to Mt. Roberts, make sure to visit the Raven Eagle Gift Shop. Not your typical tourist gift store, it offers exquisite one-of-a-kind items made from indigenous materials by local artisans.

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  • Soar Like an Eagle on a Seaplane Expedition

    The ultimate in a Juneau experience is to board a float plane and soar over the Tongass National Forest (the largest national forest in the United States) and be mesmerized by the view on five majestic glaciers, fjords, snow-­capped mountains, vernal lakes, and an expanse of wilderness as far as the eye can see.   After this exhilarating flight, you will enjoy a visit to the remote Taku Glacier Lodge, which features not only a freshly-caught salmon feast, grilled to perfection, but a guaranteed resident wild bear sighting.

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  • Raise a Glass to Exceptional Alaskan Beer

    A trip to Juneau is not complete without enjoying a glass of beer (or two) produced by the town's signature brewery, Alaskan Brewing Company. Locals claim that the pure glacial water used in the brewing process helps create a one-of-a-kind exceptional beer. Tours of the Alaskan Brewing Depot and tasting room, located just outside of town, are a popular visitor activity. There's also a tasting room right in town where you can sample the many brews and and learn about Alaska's colorful brewing history.

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  • Immerse Yourself in Native American Culture

    The Tlingit have lived in Juneau and Alaska's north panhandle for thousands of years. Their art, ceremonies, and legends live on today in Juneau's neighborhoods. Visit the Sealaska Heritage Institute, located on Seward Street in the heart of downtown, whose mission is to promote and share Southeast Alaskan Native culture. The institute's Heritage Store offers an outstanding selection of Native Alaskan gifts and art, and all purchases help support programs that preserve and promote Southeast Alaskan culture.

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  • Kayak Among the Ice Floes

    Juneau offers a wide variety of amazing outdoor experiences, like glacier flightseeing, whale watching, hiking through pristine forests, fishing, and kayaking amidst the magnificent Alaskan landscape. Juneau's stunning scenery is a stage, so be prepared to act upon it!

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  • A Seafood Lover's Dream

    Seafood lovers rejoice. You'll find the most succulent selection of sustainable and wild caught seafood in Juneau, from king crab claws to salmon, scallops, halibut and cod. There's always a fresh fish selection in Juneau's eateries, which range from casual to fine dining establishments.

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  • Juneau's State Capitol Building: Alaskan Art Deco

    Juneau became the capital of Alaska in 1906, and the beautiful Art Deco building that serves as the capitol today was dedicated in 1931. It's located at the corner of 4th & Main Streets. Free tours are usually offered but may be limited due to renovation projects currently underway.

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  • Sparkling Souvenirs

    If you're a lover of fine jewelry, you've come to the right place to find just the perfect souvenir. Choose among a variety of jewelry stores that offer precious Alaskan gemstones set in gold and silver, as well as one-of-a-kind designer pieces using local gems such as jade, the official gemstone of Alaska. You can also purchase unique gold nugget jewelry, hand picked from the miner's pouch! Or take home a piece of jewelry made from mammoth fossils dating back tens of thousands of years.

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  • Watch the Sunset from Mount Roberts Tramway

    A ride on the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway is another "must do" on a visit to Juneau. Cable cars rise 1,800 feet from the cruise ship dock in downtown to the mountain peak, offering expansive views of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel. In addition to the breathtaking vista, visitors can enjoy shopping for items created by local artisans, fine dining, hiking, live musical presentations and an interactive museum experience as part of their activities high above downtown Juneau.

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