Juneau Alaska Travel Guide

01 of 07

Plan Your Visit to Juneau

Alaska State Museum
© Angela M. Brown (2007)

Alaska's capital city, Juneau, is a popular port of call for Inside Passage cruises. Visitors to the city center, which is surrounded by Mount Juneau, Mount Roberts, and the waters of Gastineau Channel, will appreciate why Juneau is often considered the most beautiful city in Alaska. Experience the state's colorful heritage, including its Native, Russian, and pioneer roots, through the many downtown attractions, including the Alaska State Museum and the Red Dog Saloon. Venture beyond Juneau - by land, sea, or air - and relish spectacular mountain, forest, and glacier views. Or indulge your spirit of adventure on a scenic hike, a fishing trip, or a wildlife-watching excursion.

  • Fun Things to Do in Juneau
  • Day Excursions from Juneau
  • Outdoor Recreation in Juneau
  • Shopping & Dining in Juneau
  • Hotels & Lodging in Juneau
  • How to Get to Juneau
02 of 07

Fun Things to Do in Juneau

Red Dog Saloon in Juneau
© Angela M. Brown (2007)

There are many fun things to do in Juneau, many within walking distance of the cruise ship shuttle stop. City center attractions include:

Alaska State Museum
An exhibition of the culture and history of Alaska's Aleut, Athabaskan, Eskimo, and Northwest Coast people is featured at this official State Museum. Artifacts and exhibits related to early Russian, European, and American trade and settlement, as well as gold rush and mining history, are among the other fascinating items in the museum's permanent collection.

Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Learn about the rich heritage of these two communities at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Local Tlingit culture, natural history, and the impact the discovery of gold on the area's development are all addressed in the City Museum's galleries. This museum is located near the State Capitol building.

St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
Marvel at the golden dome of this church, which has been in continuous use since it was originally built in 1894. A gift shop is available to visitors.

Mount Roberts Tramway
Ride the tram to a mountain observatory and enjoy breathtaking views of Juneau and the Inside Passage. Attractions at The Mountain Station include a theater, a bar and grill, and a gift shop. Continue to savor Alaska's natural wonders on nearby hiking trails. The tram departs from the cruise ship dock. Don't forget your camera!

Red Dog Saloon
Unwind over an Alaska-brewed beer and soak up the spirit of Juneau's pioneer days. Sawdust floors and interesting artifacts such as Wyatt Earp's gun and wildlife trophies add to the saloon's appeal.

03 of 07

Day Excursions from Juneau

Flightseeing Plane in Alaska
© Juneau CVB

Flightseeing from Juneau
Experience the grand scenery that surrounds Juneau by taking advantage of one of these flightseeing services. Take in once-in-a-lifetime views of southeast Alaska's pristine wilderness, complex waterways, and ancient glaciers. Flightseeing options include float or wheeled planes and helicopters, which are able to land on glaciers and ice fields.

Scenic Boat Tours and Small Ship Cruises from Juneau
The channels, fjords, inlets, and straits of Alaska's Inside Passage are best explored on a small ship or day cruise. Whales, orcas, and seals populate these waters; bears, mountain goats, and bald eagles occupy the shores. A boat tour will allow you to enjoy up-close and personal views of these creatures, as well as calving glaciers, mist-shrouded mountains, and rugged island shores.

Saltwater Fishing in Juneau
Salmon and halibut are the prize for sports fishers on the many scheduled and custom guide services available from Juneau.

Fly and Freshwater Fishing in Juneau
Head inland and enjoy fishing for trout, Dolly Varden, and arctic char on the streams, rivers, and lakes of the region.

04 of 07

Outdoor Recreation in Juneau

Photographing Wildlife in Alaska
© Juneau CVB

Outdoor Adventure Guides & Packages
The area in and around Juneau offers numerous options for outdoor activities, including rafting, kayaking, hiking, and skiing. These professionals can outfit and guide you.

Some of Alaska's most beautiful hiking trails can be reached from Alaska's most beautiful city.

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05 of 07

Shopping & Dining in Juneau

Shops in Juneau Alaska
© Angela M. Brown (2007)

Shopping in Juneau
Browsing through shops and galleries is always a popular vacation activity. If you're looking to take home some Native crafts, outdoor gear, or smoked Alaskan salmon, you'll find the perfect souvenir waiting for you in Juneau's downtown shops.

Dining in Juneau
Juneau offers everything from fine dining to casual bistros to fast food, including the always-popular salmon bake.

06 of 07

Hotels & Lodging in Juneau

If you decide to extend your stay beyond a day, Juneau offers a variety of accommodations.

Fireweed House Bed & Breakfast
Located adjacent to the Eaglecrest Ski Area, Alaska's Fireweed House sits on four private acres, surrounded by nature and wildlife. Guests will enjoy private baths, gourmet breakfasts, and evening snacks.

Westmark Baranof Hotel
This historic Juneau hotel offers old world elegance and modern amenities, making it an excellent choice for both vacationers and business travelers. The Baranof is located downtown, convenient to the state capitol, shops, and attractions.

Annie Mae Lodge
Lodging packages include cozy rooms and home-cooked meals. The Annie Mae also offers tours and activities on Glacier Bay, the Good River, and nearby wilderness areas.

The Prospector Hotel
The Alaska State Museum, the Juneau Convention Center, and the State Office Building are all within walking distance of this downtown hotel. Prospector guests can choose large rooms, suites, and waterfront views.

07 of 07

How to Get to Juneau

Map Showing Location of Juneau, Alaska
© TIGER Map Service/U.S. Bureau of the Census

By Car or RV:
Although it is true that there is no road to Juneau, you can "drive" to Alaska's capital city - part of you trip will include a ferry boat ride. The ferries of the Alaska Marine Highway System depart for Juneau from Bellingham, Washington, Prince Rupert, B.C., and Haines or Skagway, Alaska.

Note: The roads in downtown Juneau are narrow; many are one way. It is suggested that visitors use public transportation when visiting city center attractions. Large vehicles and RVs are definitely not a good idea on these city streets.

By Air:
Alaska Airlines is the major airline that services Juneau, with scheduled flights from both Anchorage and Seattle. A variety of smaller air services is also available.
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By Cruise Ship:
Many of Juneau's visitors arrive aboard one of the many major cruise lines or small cruise ships.

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