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Welcome to Juneau

The Alaskan state capital of Juneau is the second-largest city behind Anchorage, but it’s second to none when it comes to spectacular scenery, adventurous outdoor activities, and world-class whale watching. A coastal city on Alaska’s Inside Passage, Juneau sits at the foot of Mount Roberts, and is surrounded by the rugged wilderness of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Outdoor enthusiasts can book a glacier tour, and hike the Mendenhall or Taku glaciers. Other options include a Juneau shore excursion for kayaking or canoeing Mendenhall Lake, dogsledding the Juneau icefield, or ziplining Douglas Island. Also known for its abundance of wildlife, the area offers whale-watching cruises to spot the humpback whales that populate Auke Bay. Book early to secure a limited number of spots to see Pack Creek’s brown bears as they frolic and catch salmon. Other thrilling trips include a float-plane ride or a helicopter tour, which each offer a bird’s-eye view of the snow-capped peaks. Not all of Juneau’s attractions are in nature, however. This frontier city’s history and culture get the spotlight at the Last Chance Mining Museum and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum; and the collection of Alaska Native art and archaeology at the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum (SLAM) gives insight into the area’s Native heritage. And lest you think you were leaving thirsty, no visit to Juneau is complete without a brewery tour at the local Alaskan Brewing Co.

Top 10 attractions in Juneau

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Mt. Roberts Tramway

Mt. Roberts Tramway

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Rising 1,800 feet (550 meters) above sea level from the Juneau waterfront up Mt. Roberts, the Mt. Roberts Tramway is a favorite for those visiting the Alaska state capital. The ride itself provides views of Chilkat Range, Gastineau Channel, downtown Juneau, and Douglas Island, while the summit area features outdoorsy and cultural things to do.More
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Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

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No visit to Juneau is complete without a close-up look at the Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. The 13-mile-long (19-kilometer-long) glacier ends at Mendenhall Lake and is easily viewed from the historic Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The glacier is beautiful on sunny days but arguably even more impressive on cloudy, drizzly afternoons when the ice takes on a deeper shade of blue.More
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Glacier Gardens

Glacier Gardens

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Saunter through the temperate rainforest amid colorful blooms at Juneau’s Glacier Gardens. This natural attraction showcases lively botanical gardens and diverse plant life, secluded inside the dense greenery of Tongass National Forest. The interesting Upside-Down Flower Towers charm visitors, while the towering lookouts offer unobstructed views of wild Alaska.Animal lovers will appreciate the garden’s conservation efforts, especially given that Alaskan bald eagles are known to drop by for a visit on occasion. Meander by babbling creeks and waterfalls through thick, misty forests that blanket the garden’s 50 acres and also pop by the gift shop or on-site nursery for mementos and souvenirs.More
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Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

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The thunderous splash of calving glaciers is a common sound in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. A UNESCO World Heritage Site on the border between Alaska and Canada, the massive park gets its name from the huge number of glaciers that creep from snowcapped mountains into the bay, creating spectacular displays of ice and iceberg formation.More
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Herbert Glacier

Herbert Glacier

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Herbert Glacier’s white-blue ice fields and dramatic walls offer an accessible yet secluded glacier viewing opportunity in the expansive Juneau Icefield. Reachable on helicopter tours and via a scenic hiking trail, the Herbert Glacier is set against the backdrop of majestic peaks, giving visitors a quintessential Alaska glacier experience.More
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Juneau Icefield

Juneau Icefield

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Set 2,000 feet (610 meters) above Downtown Juneau, the 1,500-square-mile (3,885-square-kilometer) Juneau Icefield is the fifth largest in North America and feeds 38 major glaciers, including Mendenhall Glacier. Visitors come from around the world to trek on the 3,000-year-old icefield itself or tour one of its many glaciers.More
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Pack Creek

Pack Creek

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Admiralty Island, known by the native Tlingit people as the Fortress of the Bears, is home to an estimated 1,500 brown bears. Pack Creek flats, where the creek emerges to the sea, ranks among the best places on the island to see them. Visiting wildlife watchers can also spot bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, and otters.More
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Juneau Cruise Port

Juneau Cruise Port

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The Juneau Cruise Port sits right alongside the historic downtown area, within walking distance of seafood restaurants and frontier-themed shops. There’s plenty to see and do right off the boat in the state capital, but the port also serves as a jumping-off point for excursions to Mendenhall Glacier and the Alaskan wilderness.More
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Last Chance Mining Museum

Last Chance Mining Museum

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Mining cars, railroad lines, train repair sheds – there’s all this and more at Juneau’s Last Chance Mining Museum.The venue for this evocative gold-mining museum is the former compressor building of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, which operated here from 1916 to 1944.On display are the locomotives and rail cars that transported the goldminers to the mine. Industrial artifacts include one of the world’s largest air compressors, used in the mining of gold to bring air to the miners.Old mining shafts surround the site, and you can get an idea of the mine’s original extent by studying the museum’s model.Photo courtesy of CityProfile.comMore
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Chichagof Island

Chichagof Island

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Visitors flock to Chichagof Island in Juneau for a peek inside of raw, rugged and untouched Alaska. Measuring in at 75 miles long and 50 miles wide, this island is the fifth largest in the United States. Chichagof, also know as Shee Kaax, acts as a port for cruise ships, boasting panoramic views and fresh mountain air. Most are drawn to the island for the untouched landscape and wildlife; Chichagof has the highest population of bears per square mile of anywhere in the world! While the population of the island is quite small — less than 2,000 inhabitants, the activities offered are numerous, including sightseeing, fishing and guided hunting.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Juneau

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Great Informative shuttle to the glacier
Deborah_L, Sep 2021
Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
Gave a lot of tips on what to see at the glacier.
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Juneau and Mendenhall
Richard_H, Sep 2021
Juneau Highlights and Mendenhall Glacier Tour
Mendenhall glacier, with the lake and waterfall was beautiful, we even got to see a rainbow over the glacier.
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Magical
Beth_S, Aug 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
Ben, Maria and Bri- make a great crew to see the Whales!
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Juneau, Alaska Whale Watching
Barbara_S, Aug 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
Getting to see the whales.
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Incredible Excursion!
Cassandra_G, Aug 2021
Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour
We were able to see so much, and a lot of that was because of Mario and Ryan’s ability to find the best viewing spots.
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Must do tour!
Isoartoo, Aug 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching
Even the bus driver gave us excellent commentary and everyone was glad to see us coming back.
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Strange Beauty in the Rainforest
Ami_B, Aug 2021
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
You could see how much the guides and other staff care about Glacier Gardens and sharing its story to visitors.
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If you can go
Cassie_G, Jun 2021
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
Getting to the higher elevation and being able to see all of Juneau and the eagles flying around was an amazing experience.
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Absolutely Awesome Adventure!
altamercer, Jul 2019
Premier Juneau Whale Watching Expedition
Captain Brenden knew exactly where to take us to see beautiful humpback whales!
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Excellent tour!
Departure00183524753, Jun 2019
Mendenhall Glacier Lake Canoe Tour
Breathtaking views of the glacier and Nugget Falls!
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Amazing food! The people were very...
Michelle N, Jul 2017
Juneau Gold Creek Salmon Bake
There is a beautiful creek with a waterfall, short easy walk.
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The best day!!!
TERESA_M, Sep 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
Once on the boat to see whales, Luke, Sarah and Taz took us right to the spot to see many whales.
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Totally recommend!
Lindsey_R, Jul 2021
Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
Worth every penny to see Herbert and Mendenhall Glaciers from above.
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7 Whale Surprise!
Nicole_C, Aug 2019
Premier Juneau Whale Watching Expedition
They just popped up everywhere, it was truly great to see all of them spouting and diving at different times throughout.
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Amazing and highly recommended tour!!!
Erik_O, Jun 2019
Premier Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo
I so wanted to see Orcas and even though they were honest that they see them in the area but not frequently I was also told that they would try.
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My husband and I took a cruise to...
Linda C, Jul 2018
Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
I would definitely recommend using the service if you want to visit Mendenhall.
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We didn't know there were only 4...
Scott O, Aug 2017
Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip
You may be disappointed if your expecting a full on whitewater rafting experience, but it is a very beautiful, interesting, and enjoyable way to see part of Juneau.
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We would rank it as a 4. Ours was a...
Franklin F, Aug 2017
Premier Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo
It was a 6 hour adventure and we were rewarded with ample whale sightings and a trip to see the Mendenhall Glacier.
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Coastal Helicopters was very well...
cgorman2, Aug 2017
Juneau Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
On the glacier, you have 20 minutes to walk around but they will keep an eye on you to make sure you don't wander far and heaven forbid fall into a crevasse.
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We were fortunate to have a...
Mark B, Jun 2014
Juneau Whale Watching Adventure
It is located next to a fast flowing creek with a beautiful view of a waterfall close by.
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