Juneau Attractions, Adventures and Tours
Explore the most exciting things to do in Juneau
Alaska's capital boasts an impressive amount of things to see and do. Juneau's biggest and best attractions can be found just minutes from downtown Juneau, making trip-planning easier than ever. Kick-start your Alaskan adventure with these must-see attractions.
A must-see on every visitor's itinerary, Juneau's glaciers are as old as the last ice age. The Juneau Icefield with its 1,500-square-mile expanse and rank as the fifth largest ice field in North America showcases these vibrantly blue icebergs which are one of Juneau's top attractions.
Choose from 38 glaciers in the Juneau Icefield, or just check out Juneau's crown jewel - Mendenhall Glacier. Part of the Tongass National Forest, the mighty Mendenhall Glacier measures in at 13 miles long, nearly half a mile wide and up to 1,800-feet deep. Upon arrival, stop by the visitor's center for trail maps, wildlife information and panoramic views of Mendenhall Valley. Then set out on foot to explore cascading waterfalls, salmon-rich streams and Mendenhall Lake's meandering shoreline. If you're feeling brave, strap on some gear and rappel down the glacier's crevasses and ice caves - the views are unreal.
Open year-round, Mendenhall Glacier is just 12 miles (20 minutes) from downtown Juneau. While some glaciers are accessible by foot or car (like Mendenhall), the best way to experience these mammoth ice mountains are by guided tour. Whether you prefer to travel by bus, boat, plane or helicopter, our local experts offer quick transport, stunning views and one-of-a-kind experiences.
Bears, Whales, and more
In Juneau, it doesn't matter when you visit or where you look — you are bound to see some wildlife. Unlike most major cities, downtown Juneau is a hot spot for wildlife - bears and porcupine often wander through town, so have your camera handy. Look up to see bald eagles graze the sky or to watch mountain goats climb the steep rock face of Mount Juneau.
Want to see whales? Plan your visit during the height of migration season (May through September). Humpbacks and orcas (also known as killer whales) congregate in Juneau's calm waters and can put on quite a show. While you might see them swimming from the shoreline, the best way to whale watch is by boat.
Whether you're hoping to see whales, bears, eagles or other members of the wild kingdom, increase your chances of spotting Juneau's diverse wildlife with a guided tour. From seafaring ventures to birds-eye views, get an authentic Alaskan experience observing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
The best way to experience Juneau is to get outside and explore the outdoors. Whether you seek a sightseeing quest or an adrenaline rush, Juneau's outdoor playground offers something for everyone. There's so much to see and do in Juneau, you just need to know where to start.
Visiting in the winter? Get your ski/snowboard legs ready for Eaglecrest Ski Area, just 12 miles from downtown Juneau on Douglas Island. This local mountain's breathtaking terrain features 36 trails and more than 640 skiable acres (both groomed and backcountry). Shuttles run from downtown Juneau to the resort during ski season (from December through April, pending snow conditions). For added thrills, consider heli-skiing and snowboarding. If downhill/cross-country skiing and snowboarding isn't your thing, try snowshoeing along the resort's lower loops, or make a short trip to Mendenhall Glacier for a snowshoeing trek across its frozen lake and trails.
In the spring, summer and fall, choose between more than 250 miles of hiking trails, or pitch a tent and camp out under Juneau's endless diamond sky. Anglers know, Alaska's fishing scene is no joke - throw a line in and you'll see what all the fuss is about. For 360-degree views from above, consider soaring high above the rainforest floor on a zipline tour or taking a ride on Southeast Alaska's only aerial tramway, Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway. If you're looking for a wet-and-wild adventure, Juneau offers plenty of opportunities for kayaking, rafting and diving.
Remember - you don't have to be an expert skier, fisher, camper or kayaker to explore Juneau's great outdoors. From multi-day cruises and custom charters to aerial tours and fishing excursions, Juneau's local guides can teach you the basics and show you how to make the most of your Juneau vacation.
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