Juneau in a Day
Make it your own – we’ll show you how.
Take in the scenery and get away from it all, venture out in search of wildlife or soak up the breadth of culture in Alaska’s capital. A day in Juneau is always well spent with these activities on your itinerary.
Steps from the downtown Juneau waterfront, Perseverance Basin is a bevy of trails to challenge the most active of hikers. Mount Roberts trailhead will put you at the top of Mount Roberts Tramway in 45 minutes to an hour. Ride the tram back down for an aerial view of the terrain you just covered. Book a ziplining tour afterward to keep the adrenaline going as you fly through the treetops. Wrap up the day with zesty fish tacos or a wood-fired pizza at one of our local food trucks.
Catch a taxi or hop on the local bus and head to the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery for a quick dive into life under the surface of Juneau’s waters. Watch salmon vie for a place at the top of the salmon ladder during king and sockeye seasons. Head downtown to grab a front row seat on a whale watching tour for a spectacular show of humpback whales, stellar sea lions and bald eagle or two. Before calling it a day, visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for an hour and the chance to see black bears feeding on the salmon of Steep Creak.
For the art and history mavens, stop by artist galleries like Sketch and Trickster to watch local artists at work. Delve in the world of Southeast Native Alaska cultures with a stop at the Walter Soboleff Building and an authentic clan house. Stroll up to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum for a peek into Juneau’s past jammed full of landslides, gold mining and settlement history. Make your way to the Willoughby District by way of one of the many staircase “streets” Southeast Alaska is famous for – the views are worth it. Visit the Juneau Arts & Culture Center to take in one of their year-round rotating galleries and one-of-a-kind lobby shop. Top off your cultural tour by exploring the 49th state’s intrepid journey to statehood at the State Library & Archives Museum.