Wednesday, July 18, 2018

5 Things to do in Juneau, Alaska

Today we're talking about five different activities you can do when visiting the cruise port of Juneau, Alaska on your Alaskan cruise.

5 things to do in Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, the capital city of Alaska, is landlocked. While you can drive all around Juneau, the only way in or out is by boat or plane. It's also big. The Juneau area covers over 3,200 square miles and covers almost as much land as the states of Delaware and Rhode Island put together. With that much space there is plenty to do.

1. Take a seaplane to see the glaciers from above. Glacier flighseeing tours give you a birds eye look at the numerous glaciers in the area. They are quite popular - and a bit expensive.

2. If you'd like another way to see a glacier, check out Mendenhall Glacier. Ship excursions and independent tours go to Mendenhall. If you want the cheapest way to get there, a city bus can get you within a mile or so of the visitor center.
Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska cruise port
There are several trails around Mendenhall Lake, where the 13 mile long glacier ends. Our favorite one leads to Nugget Falls. More details about the walk to Nugget Falls can be found here.
Nugget Falls at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska
Waterfall at the end of the Nugget Trail at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska

3. Take a ride up the Mt. Roberts Tramway. Soaring 1,800 feet in the air, you'll get great views of the Juneau and Gastineau Channels. At the top you'll find observation areas, a nature center, gift shop, theater, a place to eat, and hiking trails. 
View from the top
View from down below
 4. Go on a whale watching tour. The area is abundant with whales. Flukes? Yep. Breaching? If you're lucky.

5. Eat like a local. Breweries and restaurants and cafes. Fish and pizza and local beer. The ship docks within walking distance to tasty food and drink.

How about a Dungeness crab BLT from the Rookery Cafe?

Enjoy Juneau!