Surreal view surrounding a kayaker navigating through a cave at Mendenhall Glacier Lake
Enjoying a sunset cruise along the shoreline
Exploring a magnificent ice cave at Mendenhall Glacier Lake
Whale-watching excursion just off the city's coast
Admiring the sunset at Auke Recreation Area
Shopping and dining downtown at the foot of the mountains
Bald eagle stretching its wings while flying over the water
Columns made of marble from nearby Ketchikan at the State Capitol building
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- Juneau (JNU)
Captivated by the beauty and adventure in Juneau, Alaska’s capital
While Juneau is a popular jumping-off point for Alaskan adventures, be sure to save time to explore the city. Take a free tour of the State Capitol building, then snap some photos of the elegant Governor’s House. Explore downtown’s walkable streets and shop for one-of-a-kind jewelry or art handmade by native Alaskan artists. Catch a show at the Perseverance Theatre, the state’s only professional theater. Finish your cultural immersion with Juneau’s main delicacy: seafood. Order fresh salmon and crab – or, for more adventurous appetites, dried walrus or seal.
Into the Wild
Come for the glaciers, and Juneau won’t disappoint. Hike the trails to get close to the Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls, Juneau’s most popular attractions. Encounter more glaciers, plus icebergs, waterfalls and imposing rock walls at Tracy Arm Fjord. For an extra thrill, explore these icy landscapes on a helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.
Take the Mount Roberts Tramway to the top of Mount Roberts for sweeping views of the city. Anglers will be impressed by the abundant halibut and salmon fishing. Travelers can take advantage of fantastic skiing and snowboarding, or hike nearly 210 kilometers of trails. Throughout your adventures, you might even observe some of Alaska’s notable wildlife, including bears, whales, sea lions, mountain goats and eagles.
Must-See Attractions in Juneau
Learn about the city’s history, including native Tlingit culture and the state’s path to official U.S. statehood, at the Alaska State Museum and the Juneau-Douglas Museum. Walk through a rainforest and marvel at the Flower Towers made from upside-down trees at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure. Take a guided tour for panoramic views at the top of Thunder Mountain. Learn about local birds at the Juneau Raptor Center. Travel off the beaten path to explore the peaceful gardens, grounds and chapel of the reflective National Shrine of St. Therese, a 30-minute drive from the city.
Located southeast of Juneau, the Taku Glacier is the world’s thickest glacier, measuring about 1,477 meters thick.