Enjoy the moment
Don't forget, just because it's Alaska's capital doesn't mean it's entirely urban. There's nature all around. The Tongass National Forest is located not far from town. My fondest memory of Juneau would most likely be ziplining on Douglas Island. That was insane.
visit Mendenhall Glacier. It...
visit Mendenhall Glacier. It is about 15 miles outside of the town, and you can see its icebergs floating an adjacent lake. It a cance to see a real glacier first hand, and it is a must see in Juneau.
A little bit of history and...
A little bit of history and general info:
Alaska was bought from Russia in 1867, it was a territory of the United States for more than 90 years, gaining statehood in 1959.
It has a population of about 550,000 and its capital is Juneau.
Icefields cover nearly 29,000 square miles (4%) of Alaska. There are 5,000 glaciers in Alaska, one of then larger than the State of Rhode Island.
Packing For Alaska
Camera Bag, Backpack Since you never know what the weather will be - and the weather can change pretty quickly - it's best to dress in layers:
Long underwear, fleece/sweater, waterproof/breathable shell
Gloves, Hat, Scarf
Waterproof hiking boots & warm, comfortable socks Sunscreen/Sunblock
Mosquito repellant (especially for June/July) Camera, Wide angle/Zoom Lens, Charger, Extra Battery, Extra Memory Cards,
Tripod, Plastic bags to cover camera while shooting in the rain (quart size baggies) Sunglasses
New Sport! Ziplining in Juneau!
Until our most recent trip to Juneau (July, 2006), I had never seen "Ziplining" in Alaska before! We have done some ziplining on Roatan, Honduras, so I would definitely like to try it in Juneau.
The "Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Adventure" begins with a high speed boat ride traversing the Gastineau Channel to reach Douglas Island (Douglas Island was incorporated into the city of Juneau some time ago) where the old Treadmill Mine site is located near the beach. You'll reach the aerial cables by ground trails, suspension bridges, ATV vehicle, etc. After being professionally fitted with all the necessary equipment and a safety talk, you will be taken up to the first tree platform. Safety First!!
There are 9 ziplines varying in length from 150 to 800 which connect tree platforms of varying height. Being nearly 200 feet off the ground in the tree canopy, you will have a real bird's eye view of old mining holes called "glory holes," as well as view of the Gastineau Channel, Bullion Creek, remnants of the Treadwell Mine. This is all in addition to the adrenalin rush of, quite literally, zipping through the forest canopy. At the end of the run, a light snack will be waiting for you -- in Honduras, some enterprising youths were selling cold "Red Stripes" at the end of your run!!
Tour hawkers near the cruise ship piers offered me a price of $150 per person for this adventure, down from about $165. Unfortunately, this price was prohibitive since there are 4 of us. You may be able to bargain them down further. All equipment and outfitting is included in the price as well as transportation to the site from the tour operator, "Alaska Canopy Adventures."