Alaska's capital city is nestled in Tongass National Forest on the Inside Passage. Aircraft and boats are the only way to get here. You can hike the mountain that towers next to the city, or take the tramway up from town for an incredible view. On a boat tour you may glimpse bears, mountain goats, orcas, and bald eagles. April to November is the best time to see breaching humpback whales.
Juneau is the ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people - discover them at the Alaska State Museum. Explore Mendenhall Glacier by trek, dogsled, or flightseeing. Kayak the calm waters of Auke Bay, gliding by icebergs and waterfalls. Imagine ice skating alongside a glacier during the winter season of October to April. If it's skiing and snowboarding you seek, find the Eaglecrest Ski Area on Douglas Island, across the Gastineau Channel from Juneau.
Get a great breakfast omelette at Sandpiper Café. Or, feast on bacon challah french toast with candied bacon, smoked sea salt and real maple syrup at the Rookery Café. Tracy's King Crab Shack serves huge plates of crab legs, along with crab cakes and bisque. Twisted Fish Company offers fresh wild Alaskan salmon and halibut, and a glass of wine by the cozy stone fireplace.
Photo 1/2 Photographer: Frank Flavin