Juneau Outdoor Adventures & Activities
To fully soak up the Alaska experience, go with a pro who's in the know
Mountains, glaciers, wildlife, woods, and waters - Juneau's got 'em all! And one of the best ways to experience our natural landscape is by taking a professionally guided tour.
In the air ...
If you have a fear of flying, you'd best get over it or you'll miss the coolest way to see Juneau - from the air. Aerial tours provide the best ways to see glaciers and the Juneau Icefield, and on a helicopter flightseeing tour, you'll land right on a glacier itself. Once on the ice, you can go on an extended hike or enjoy a dog sled tour, even in the middle of summer.
Still not getting on that plane? You can see Juneau from above by taking the Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tram from near sea level to the mid-point of Mt. Roberts, an1,800-foot rise that provides sweeping views of downtown and the Gastineau Channel.
On the ground ...
Go take a hike! No, really - you can stroll through hundreds of miles of trails in and around Juneau. Some guided trips even include transportation to and from the trail right from your hotel. For the truly hardy, try a little camping to heighten your Juneau adventure.
On two wheels, mountain bike excursions and rentals are available from local tour companies and bike shops. Or for a truly unique - and exhilarating! - way to see the land, take a guided zipline tour through a lush canopy of towering treetops.
Though you may not be wearing your bikini, Juneau is blessed with an incredible variety of beaches, too. The large daily tidal variations (from a high of 20 feet to a low of -4 feet) mean you can see intertidal wildlife most any day.
On the water ...
Believe it or not, Juneau is smack-dab in the middle of the northernmost rainforest in the world. Water - whether in the form of ice, the flow of a river, or the calm ocean waters of the Inside Passage - forms the critical link that ties everything together.
Try kayaking the Mendenhall Lake (in front of the Mendenhall Glacier) for up-close views of icebergs, mountains, waterfalls, and that mighty chunk of ice. If you're an experienced rafter, use Juneau as a starting point for a 10-day float trip down the Tatshenshini River.
If you're more interested in what's under the water, go diving. You'll find abundant marine life and spectacular wrecks in our waters. Tour companies can help you enjoy whatever watery adventure you choose.