Juneau's Top 20
Collected by Ann Shields , AFAR Staff
6000 Glacier Spur Rd, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
Stepping out of a helicopter onto the middle of an Alaskan glacier is pretty breathtaking. There are amazing blue ice caves to be explored, deep crevices full of crystal clear water you can drink, and an incredible expanse of white stretching to...
13391 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
Juneau is one of the best places in the world to go whale-watching. Most outfitters ferry visitors from Auke Bay down to Stephens Passage, a 105-mile stretch of island-studded water that is an important summer feeding ground for humpback whales....
2999 Jackson Rd, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
While most visitors to Juneau choose to hike around Mendenhall Lake, there is a wealth of options in the area for all levels of hikers. Douglas Island has some quiet trails that provide a respite for anyone who loves nature without the crowds. The...
114 W 4th St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
This bright yellow building with a totem pole outside is impossible to miss. Its permanent collection details Juneau’s history, from its roots as a Tlingit gathering place to its era as a literal gold mine. It’s also the only place in the city you...
490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
Easily accessible for all ages, this aerial tramway delivers you into the Sitka spruce forests of Mount Roberts, climbing to 550 meters in just a few minutes. From the top, you can take a leisurely trek through the subalpine fields and spy trees...
326 5th St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
This quaint-looking wooden church reveals Juneau’s surprisingly diverse history. Because of Russia’s early presence, many Native Alaskan tribes had already converted to Russian Orthodoxy by the late 1700s. Tlingit leaders experienced a common...
In keeping with Juneau’s unconventional status as a state capital, its capitol building is controversial—many Alaskans are unhappy with both its architecture, which resembles a grand high school more than anything, and its inconvenient location,...
1001 Basin Rd, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
For an interesting look at a slice of Juneau’s gold rush history, take a short hike near the bank of Gold Creek to the Last Chance Mining Museum. The museum occupies the former Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, which is listed on the National...
7600 Glacier Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
Deep in the valley carved by the famed Mendenhall Glacier is this lush temperate rain forest boasting evergreens that tower over spongy mosses and coiled ferns. Tucked within this patch of forest, Glacier Gardens is a 50-acre botanical garden best...
2697 Channel Dr, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
For a behind-the-scenes look at one of Alaska’s most important resources, visit the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, where you can learn about these highly prized native fish. Visitors can see king and coho salmon in different life stages, from small fry...
Angoon, AK, USA
Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary, located on the northeast corner of Admiralty Island, is one of the best spots in the world to view brown bears in the wild. An excursion here offers the chance to see these powerful predators as they hunt for salmon and...
76 Egan Dr Suite #100, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
Adventure seekers won’t want to miss the chance to see the rugged Alaskan wilderness from a unique perspective as part of a zip line canopy tour. Offered by multiple operators, these tours allow visitors to glide on cables up to 100 feet above the...
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