Juneau is jam-packed with things to see and do, from glaciers to salmon bakes and tram rides. It’s the sort of place that travelers love. Many interesting places are right downtown—including two museums, numerous historic buildings, unusual shops, and even a library with a view. Farther afield are dozens of hiking trails, several easily accessible glaciers, and such attractions as an informative fish hatchery, a brewery, old mining buildings, a stone church, and much more. Even on a rainy day, you’ll find something fun in Juneau.
Juneau’s info spot is the Centennial Hall Visitor Center (101 Egan Dr., 907/586-2201 or 888/581-2201, www.traveljuneau.com, daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m. May–Sept., Mon.–Fri. 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Oct.–Apr.). Ask for the “Juneau Walking Tour” map on a nice day, or pick out a video for a rainy-day diversion.
Three other information kiosks in Juneau have brochures and may be staffed in the summer. Find them at Marine Park, the airport, and the Cruise Ship Terminal. Other useful online info sources for Juneau include www.juneauempire.com, www.capitalcityweekly.com, www.juneau.com, and the city website, www.juneau.org.
Mighty Great Trips (907/789-5460, www.mightygreattrips.com) runs 2.5-hour summertime tours that include Juneau and Mendenhall Glacier for $27. Other bus tour companies include Gray Line of Alaska (907/586-3773 or 888/452-1737, www.graylinealaska.com), Last Frontier Tours (907/789-0742 or 888/396-8687, www.lastfrontiertours.com), and Princess Tours (907/463-3900 or 800/774-6237, www.princess.com).
Princess operates excellent three-hour trips ($100) to the historic AJ Mine south of town, with detailed tours inside the mine, plenty of historical info, and the chance to pan for gold.
For something different, hop onboard the Juneau Steamboat Co. (907/723-0372, www.juneausteamboat.com), a little wood-fired boat modeled after ones used a century ago; 1.5-hour tours of Gastineau Channel depart the downtown dock and cost $40.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition