The Mendenhall Glacier is a "must see" while in Juneau. Photo by Michelle Gillespie.
Whale watching is a popular excursion. Photo by Sophia Spentzas.
Juneau in a Day
In town for just a few hours or all day, there's plenty to enjoy during a quick stay
Some local residents live their whole lives here and still don’t experience everything to see and do in America’s most beautiful capital city.
This place will definitely fill your day—and then some. Old-growth forest, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, ice caves, spawning salmon steams, prime bear habitat, and migratory whale routes all lie within city limits. A short boat or seaplane ride can bring spouting humpbacks, breeching orcas, and some of the best sport fishing on the planet. Hop in a kayak, jump on a bike, or lace up your (waterproof!) hiking boots for some human-powered exploration.
Of course, there’s more to Juneau than natural beauty. Set against our stunning backdrop are original Gold Rush-era buildings, art galleries, museums, historic and Native heritage sites, restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping, and seafood that doesn’t get any fresher.
Popular attractions and activities easily tackled in a day: