The history of the largest state in the union is on display at Juneau's Alaska State Museum. The museum's most treasured artifacts are those of Native Alaskans, whose lives have been interwoven with the land for generations. Other exhibits include items and information relating to Russia's 126-year rule over Alaska beginning in the 1700s.
Enjoy activities all year round, with winter and summer recreation options for the whole family. Eaglecrest is a community-owned ski area located on Douglas Island just a few miles from downtown.
A deeply serene and spiritual place, the Shrine of St. Thérèse is located in the Tongass National Forest, about 22 miles north of downtown Juneau. The Shrine has welcomed people of all faiths and all corners of the world for over 75 years. Hours: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm in the Summer months (April - September), and 8:30 am - 8:00 pm in the Winter months (October- March).
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure is a unique way to explore Alaska's natural and man-made landscapes, featuring botanical gardens, lush natural paths, waterfalls, manicured landscaping, a nursery, and more.
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is one of the most popular sites in the magnificent Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska. View eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the breath-taking vistas of "wild" Alaska. You can take a sled-dog ride on a glacier, hike boardwalk trails, fish streams and ocean waters, or just relax at a remote cabin. The Tongass offers a vast array of fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, cabins, and bear viewing options.
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.
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.
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!