Alaska is famous for its iridescent blue glaciers that are still carving out crevasses rivaling the Grand Canyon. The sheer size of these gargantuan ice sheets is best appreciated from above. Hire a charter plane or helicopter and soar over eons-old glaciers for a true perspective on their scale. Important Information: Tours take place between May 1 and September 30.
The water may be cold, but that just means the fish swimming off Juneau's coast are extra-hearty. Giants of the ocean are constantly being pulled from the chilly waters and visitors can do battle with their own lunker while aboard a sport-fishing vessel. Hard-fighting salmon and halibut are two of the more popular species caught.
There's still gold in them thar hills and visitors to Juneau can pluck it from Gold Creek with the help of a "prospector" guide. While you're guaranteed to find a few flakes along these guided romps, don't count on them being enough to pay the mortgage. Many panning excursions also include a narrated history of the Alaska Gold Rush. Important Information: Tours take place between May 1 and September 30.
When not migrating to warmer waters near the Hawaiian Islands, humpback whales spend their time off the coast of Juneau. Humpbacks are known to be playful giants. Fluking, breaching and other activities are common. While humpbacks are certainly a big draw, orcas also bring in large crowds. These killer whales prowl the waters off Juneau and are found in relative abundance. Important Information: Tours take place between April 10 and October 10.
Make the most of your time in port in Juneau by getting out into the Alaskan wilderness on a small-group whale-watching shore excursion. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing three-hour cruise in the waters surrounding Juneau. You can also upgrade your shore excursion to include a visit to Mendenhall Glacier. Each boat is fully enclosed and heated with a marine restroom on board; capacity is limited to 50 passengers per boat. The small groups create a great environment for wildlife viewing in this incredible environment. Your captain is specifically trained to follow federal viewing guidelines from a safe distance.
This 5-hour shore excursion from Juneau covers the perfect duo of Alaskan attractions: whale-watching and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. You'll board a comfortable vessel equipped with heated cabin and bathroom for the whale-watching cruise and travel aboard a light aircraft for an air tour of the glaciers. Tour Alaska from sea and air!
Spend your time in port in Juneau on an Alaskan wilderness adventure as you are introduced to glacier trekking and ice climbing on Mendenhall Glacier! This exhilarating shore excursion will show you a stunning piece of Alaskan nature. As you explore the glacier on foot and learn how to ice climb, you'll see ice caves, dramatic crevasses and interesting glacial formations.
This 7-hour shore excursion from Juneau covers the perfect trifecta of Alaska's attractions: whale-watching, bear-viewing and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. You'll experience a small-group tour by van for bear-viewing, board a comfortable vessel equipped with heated cabin and bathroom for whale-watching and travel aboard a fixed-wing, wheeled aircraft for the glacier air tour. See the best of Alaska by land, sea and air!
While you're in port in Juneau, experience the tranquility of the Alaskan wilderness from a kayak! As you paddle the waterways in search of local fauna on the Tongass Wildlife Kayaking Adventure, keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales, seals and other marine life.
The smell of fresh basil, garlic, tomato and freshly baked bread at Pizzeria Roma will draw you in as you pass as it does for visitors and locals alike every year. Step into the comfortable and cozy atmosphere of home-style pizzeria dining with Little Italy designed tablecloths, and mural painted oak walls and the best Italian wine selection in town. Sample local favorites like their Mediterranean Pizza with Greek olives, onions and sun-dried tomatoes or create your own pizza from a wide selection of the freshest ingredients.
The Red Dog has been recognized by the Alaska Legislature for its longevity as the oldest man-made tourist attraction in Juneau. Founded during Juneau's mining era, the Saloon has been in operation for decades. For a time, "Ragtime Hattie" played the piano in white gloves and a silver dollar halter top. Later, in territorial days, the owners would often meet the tour boats at the docks with a mule that wore a sign saying, "follow my ass to the Red Dog Saloon."
Established in 1996 the Hangar has been a local favorite for years with the best dining and most consistent customer service Juneau has to offer. The friendly staff almost always remembers your name and maybe even what you drink. The Hangar offers a very comfortable, friendly and casual environment where you are always guaranteed a great meal and exceptional service. If you don't have a first-class experience they'll buy you another ticket guaranteed.
The Twisted Fish offers Southeast Alaska's very best for fresh caught fish, seafood and waterfront dining. The light oak interior and large windows offer a casual dining atmosphere with a touch of elegance that's perfect for both daytime and evening diners. While savoring views and watching floatplanes land on the Gastineau Channel, you'll also be entertained by the chefs as they prepare your meal in the open exhibition kitchen.
Stop by this traditional restaurant to enjoy some of the best Chinese food in Juneau.
The Island Pub, offering delicious hand made pizzas, sandwiches, salads and appetizers along with a great view of the channel and mountains. Full service of adult beverages along with ten beers on tap. Extensive wine list. Escape to the Island!