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Welcome to Juneau

The Alaskan state capital of Juneau is the second-largest city behind Anchorage, but it’s second to none when it comes to spectacular scenery, adventurous outdoor activities, and world-class whale watching. A coastal city on Alaska’s Inside Passage, Juneau sits at the foot of Mount Roberts, and is surrounded by the rugged wilderness of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Outdoor enthusiasts can book a glacier tour, and hike the Mendenhall or Taku glaciers. Other options include a Juneau shore excursion for kayaking or canoeing Mendenhall Lake, dogsledding the Juneau icefield, or ziplining Douglas Island. Also known for its abundance of wildlife, the area offers whale-watching cruises to spot the humpback whales that populate Auke Bay. Book early to secure a limited number of spots to see Pack Creek’s brown bears as they frolic and catch salmon. Other thrilling trips include a float-plane ride or a helicopter tour, which each offer a bird’s-eye view of the snow-capped peaks. Not all of Juneau’s attractions are in nature, however. This frontier city’s history and culture get the spotlight at the Last Chance Mining Museum and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum; and the collection of Alaska Native art and archaeology at the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum (SLAM) gives insight into the area’s Native heritage. And lest you think you were leaving thirsty, no visit to Juneau is complete without a brewery tour at the local Alaskan Brewing Co.

Top 10 attractions in Juneau

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Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier

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No visit to Juneau is complete without a close-up look at the Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most popular attractions. The 13-mile-long (19-kilometer-long) glacier ends at Mendenhall Lake and is easily viewed from the historic Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The glacier is beautiful on sunny days but arguably even more impressive on cloudy, drizzly afternoons when the ice takes on a deeper shade of blue.More
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Mt. Roberts Tramway

Mt. Roberts Tramway

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Rising 1,800 feet (550 meters) above sea level from the Juneau waterfront up Mt. Roberts, the Mt. Roberts Tramway is a favorite for those visiting the Alaska state capital. The ride itself provides views of Chilkat Range, Gastineau Channel, downtown Juneau, and Douglas Island, while the summit area features outdoorsy and cultural things to do.More
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Herbert Glacier

Herbert Glacier

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Herbert Glacier’s white-blue ice fields and dramatic walls offer an accessible yet secluded glacier viewing opportunity in the expansive Juneau Icefield. Reachable on helicopter tours and via a scenic hiking trail, the Herbert Glacier is set against the backdrop of majestic peaks, giving visitors a quintessential Alaska glacier experience.More
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Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

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The city of Juneau shines a spotlight on its rich cultural heritage and history at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Exhibits are entertaining and hands-on, including a full-scale replica fish trap, interactive mining gallery, totem poles, Tlingit artifacts, historic photographs, and a detailed relief map of Juneau.More
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Glacier Gardens

Glacier Gardens

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Saunter through the temperate rainforest amid colorful blooms at Juneau’s Glacier Gardens. This natural attraction showcases lively botanical gardens and diverse plant life, secluded inside the dense greenery of Tongass National Forest. The interesting Upside-Down Flower Towers charm visitors, while the towering lookouts offer unobstructed views of wild Alaska.Animal lovers will appreciate the garden’s conservation efforts, especially given that Alaskan bald eagles are known to drop by for a visit on occasion. Meander by babbling creeks and waterfalls through thick, misty forests that blanket the garden’s 50 acres and also pop by the gift shop or on-site nursery for mementos and souvenirs.More
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Last Chance Mining Museum

Last Chance Mining Museum

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Mining cars, railroad lines, train repair sheds, and other artifacts tell the story of Juneau’s Gold Rush history at the Last Chance Mining Museum and Historic Park. The collection is housed in the former compressor building of the Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, which operated here from 1916 to 1944. Old mining shafts surround the site.More
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Pack Creek

Pack Creek

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Admiralty Island, known by the native Tlingit people as the Fortress of the Bears, is home to an estimated 1,500 brown bears. Pack Creek flats, where the creek emerges to the sea, ranks among the best places on the island to see them. Visiting wildlife watchers can also spot bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, and otters.More
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Alaska State Museum

Alaska State Museum

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Artifacts and documents detailing Alaska's history—its original inhabitants, natural history, occupation by Russia, and eventual purchase and statehood—have a home in the striking and lofty Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff building in downtown Juneau. The expansive Alaska Native collection features items from the region's major cultural groups.More
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Alaskan Brewing Company

Alaskan Brewing Company

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Alaskan Brewing Company has been brewing craft beers since 1986, and winning plenty of awards along the way. The brewery still operates out of its original Juneau location, though the facilities have since expanded to include a spacious tasting area, where visitors can quench their thirst on one of 20 Alaskan beers on tap.More
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Juneau Cruise Port

Juneau Cruise Port

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The Juneau Cruise Port sits right alongside the historic downtown area, within walking distance of seafood restaurants and frontier-themed shops. There’s plenty to see and do right off the boat in the state capital, but the port also serves as a jumping-off point for excursions to Mendenhall Glacier and the Alaskan wilderness.More

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Top activities in Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
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Premier Juneau Whale Watching Expedition
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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek
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Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching

Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching

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Juneau's Premier Whale Watching! - More time on the water!
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Mendenhall Glacier Lake Canoe Tour
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Rainforest Photo Trek
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Rainforest Photo Trek

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Alpine Zipline Adventure in Juneau, AK
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Juneau Helicopter Tour and Dogsledding Experience
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Sled Dog Discovery in Juneau

Sled Dog Discovery in Juneau

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Juneau Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
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Rainforest & Waterfalls Trek

Rainforest & Waterfalls Trek

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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier Trek
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Private Luxury Whale Watch

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5 Star Juneau by Land & Sea

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Recent reviews from experiences in Juneau

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Great glacier tour
Guy_C, May 2022
Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
Before we departed the glacier he asked us if we wanted to see mountains goats and he found some on our way back ...
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Great Informative shuttle to the glacier
Deborah_L, Sep 2021
Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
Gave a lot of tips on what to see at the glacier.
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Juneau and Mendenhall
Richard_H, Sep 2021
Juneau Highlights and Mendenhall Glacier Tour
Mendenhall glacier, with the lake and waterfall was beautiful, we even got to see a rainbow over the glacier.
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Magical
Beth_S, Aug 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
Ben, Maria and Bri- make a great crew to see the Whales!
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Juneau, Alaska Whale Watching
Barbara_S, Aug 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
Getting to see the whales.
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If you can go
Cassie_G, Jun 2021
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
Getting to the higher elevation and being able to see all of Juneau and the eagles flying around was an amazing experience.
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Absolutely Awesome Adventure!
altamercer, Jul 2019
Premier Juneau Whale Watching Expedition
Captain Brenden knew exactly where to take us to see beautiful humpback whales!
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Excellent tour!
Departure00183524753, Jun 2019
Mendenhall Glacier Lake Canoe Tour
Breathtaking views of the glacier and Nugget Falls!
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When you are ready for contemplative...
jon0959, Sep 2017
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
A young garden just entering its adolescent phase, I can't wait to see what the fully mature adult garden, with such an inspired designer/artist, becomes.
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Incredible Excursion!
Cassandra_G, Aug 2021
Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour
We were able to see so much, and a lot of that was because of Mario and Ryan’s ability to find the best viewing spots.
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Must do tour!
Isoartoo, Aug 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching
Even the bus driver gave us excellent commentary and everyone was glad to see us coming back.
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Totally recommend!
Lindsey_R, Jul 2021
Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
Worth every penny to see Herbert and Mendenhall Glaciers from above.
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7 Whale Surprise!
Nicole_C, Aug 2019
Premier Juneau Whale Watching Expedition
They just popped up everywhere, it was truly great to see all of them spouting and diving at different times throughout.
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Amazing and highly recommended tour!!!
Erik_O, Jun 2019
Premier Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo
I so wanted to see Orcas and even though they were honest that they see them in the area but not frequently I was also told that they would try.
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We arrived at Juneau on a cruise ship...
Rob and Ellie's travels, Sep 2016
Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service
We arrived at Juneau on a cruise ship and found this was a better option than the cruise line's shore excursion to see the glacier.
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Juneaur Wildlife Whale Wartching & Mendenhall Glacier
CalHipHopHead, Aug 2019
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
We were able to see Orcas and humpback whales.
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Coastal Helicopters was very well...
cgorman2, Aug 2017
Juneau Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk
On the glacier, you have 20 minutes to walk around but they will keep an eye on you to make sure you don't wander far and heaven forbid fall into a crevasse.
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Really a great trip and I highly...
Karl_G, Jun 2018
Premier Whale Watch and Mendenhall Glacier Combo
With Juneau Tours we made our own timetable allowing for time to take the trail to the waterfall an a few other easy trails as well.
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Strange Beauty in the Rainforest
Ami_B, Aug 2021
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
You could see how much the guides and other staff care about Glacier Gardens and sharing its story to visitors.
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The best day!!!
TERESA_M, Sep 2021
Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
Once on the boat to see whales, Luke, Sarah and Taz took us right to the spot to see many whales.
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