Alaska’s capital city, Juneau, is located in Southeast Alaska. The Tongass Rain Forest climate provides Juneau with lush terrain and wildflowers. Visitors can find unparalleled glacier viewing from Tracy Arm Fjord, Mendenhall Glacier, the Juneau Icefield and Glacier Bay National Park, and outdoor enthusiasts will love Juneau’s kayaking, dogsledding, rafting, biking, hiking and glacier hiking.
The City and Borough of Juneau is located on the Gastineau Channel in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Alaska. It has been the capital of Alaska since 1906.
There is a visitor centre and walking trails at Mendenhall Glacier. Bears can sometimes be spotted searching for fish near the creek.
For a different view of the glacier, helicopter tours can also be arranged.
Mount Roberts Tramway takes passengers up to a station at 1,800ft high. Here there are hiking trails, gift shop and cafe.
Take a ride around Gastineau Channel on the old Juneau Steamboat.
Take a guided tour by golf cart in a rainforest setting at Glacier Gardens.
At Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, learn about the life of a salmon. The hatchery is also an aquarium which displays local marine life.
Visit Alaska State Museum with exhibits from Eskimo, Aleut and Northwest Coast Indian tribes.
The disabled cruiser visiting Juneau
Where You’re Docked
Your ship will arrive to any of three areas, all within walking distance of downtown. Most large ships dock along South Franklin Street near the library and Mount Roberts Tramway. Small ships dock next to floatplanes at Seadrome Dock. AJ Dock is at the south end of town. Ships might anchor and tender passengers when more than four large vessels are in port. The Alaskan Marine Highway ferry docks about seven miles outside of downtown.
Everything; information kiosks, cafes, shops, museums, tour operators, public library; is a short walk from the cruise ships. Tour guides meet passengers right at the docks (motor coaches line up for cruise excursions in an organized fashion), and several tourism information kiosks are available to help with additional arrangements. Souvenir shops are located along the dock, and some, like Taku Smokeries store, have ATM machines.
Taxis are available at Marine Park. The tourist kiosks lined up along the cruise docks have information about shuttle bus services.
Good to Know
Overcast skies. Juneau is located in a temperate rain forest and sees an average of 220 days of precipitation a year. Poor weather can spoil your day, especially if you have your heart set on riding in a helicopter and landing on top of a glacier.
On Foot: Juneau is an easily walkable town. It’s a good idea to carry an umbrella if it looks at all cloudy.
By Car: Taxis gather at Marine Park. For car rentals, the usual major companies — Avis, Hertz, Budget — offer locations at the airport. They may offer pickup service at the dock.
By Shuttle Bus: A shuttle bus runs from the AJ Dock to town. It’s $5 (cash only). Otherwise, it’s fairly easy to get to key attractions beyond downtown, such as Mendenhall Glacier, without renting a car. Numerous shuttle services offer roundtrip rides for around $20. Inquire at the tourist kiosks lined up along the cruise piers.
By Public Bus: Juneau offers a publics bus system, but it doesn’t go right to the main attractions outside of town, so a shuttle would be a better option. Public buses stop at the airport and shopping center.
Currency is the U.S. dollar. ATMs and banks are readily available around town. Some stores, like Rainbow Foods, allow you to get cash back ($20) with purchases.
Residents speak English. If you want to learn a few Tlingit (Native American) phrases, take the Mount Roberts Tramway to the top and sit in on a free lesson in the auditorium.
South Franklin Street parallels the dock and offers shops, restaurants and bars. Follow South Franklin Street into the downtown area where more shopping can be found. Popular buys include jewelry, fur, clothing, artwork, carved ivory and jade items, which is mined in Alaska.
Red Dog Saloon logowear is fun, especially the red suspenders. Also, a bar of glacier silt soap, made only in Juneau, is a unique gift.
Fish, especially salmon and halibut, is the dish of choice in Juneau. Despite being the state capital, Juneau’s standard dress code is casual everywhere at lunch.
Points of Interest
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