Juneau, Alaska is a city for the senses. From the fish in the sea and the smell of fresh air to the sound of glacier’s cracking, Juneau is one of the wild places in the U.S. and tucked away into a perfect place for an adventure surrounded by over 130 miles of breathtaking wilderness, trails, and mountains.
The capital of Alaska, Juneau is the only capital in the U.S. to border another country (Canada) and with no roads in or out, the city is only accessible by sea or air. The best time to go is May and June, as the temperatures in the winter drop and the entire city experiences near constant darkness.
For a truly outdoorsy adventure, Juneau is well-known to have a variety of beautiful hikes and trails. From leisurely hikes to Nugget Falls, or difficult hikes to Mount Roberts, there is something for all ages and levels. If you’re not up for it, chartering a helicopter is a great way to voyage through the glaciers and spectacular natural scenery and wildlife. Exploring Juneau by air is the best way for you to get the most out of your experience there.
Juneau provides numerous opportunities
With most shops, restaurants, and hotels operating during the summer season, there are many cozy and quaint places to stay at during your visit to Juneau. From charming cabins like the Cabin on Douglas Island, to bed and breakfasts like the Silverbow Inn or Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn. Unlike most cities, Juneau’s downtown is more quaint than busy. With only about 32,000 people living in Juneau, the city is great to explore with many beautiful seaside docks, lighthouses, and saloons.
While in Juneau, you can also rent a kayak and paddle through the waters of Auke Lake. There are many whale watching excursions as well, and deep sea and fly fishing. Alternatively, you can take a float through the icebergs and glaciers.
Though the compact size and geographic location of Juneau make it resemble more of an island community than that of an urban center such as Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska, the variety of historic downtown buildings, beautiful museums, and a noteworthy restaurant scene still make for a great adventure.
One of the best museums to visit is the Alaska State Museum, as well as the Walter Soboleff Center, where you can get a chance to learn about the indigenous cultures of Alaska, such as the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes.