Juneau Travel Guide

  • Mendenall Glacier
    Mendenall Glacier
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    River through Granite Basin
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    Junaeu and Douglas
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Juneau Things to Do

  • Mendenhall Glacier

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    First named Auke Glacier in 1879 by Naturalist John Muir for the Aak'w Kwaan of the Tlingit tribe, Mendenhall Glacier was subsequently renamed in 1892 for the noted scientist Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, who served as Superintendent of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1889 to 1894. Thomas Mendenhall was responsible for surveying the boundary...

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  • Mount Roberts

    4 out of 5 stars

    The driver dropped us off at the Mt. Roberts Tramway, which we had purchased tickets on the ship. I was a little concerned when I got advance tickets that it would be bad weather (I had heard so much about the rain in Alaska) and we wouldn't be able to see much, but the weather was very good. When we got to the top I saw a wheelchair and they...

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  • Whale Watching

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    During this 3-hour cruise/tour, an on-board naturalist will explain much about the wildlife and natural phenomena, such as the glaciers, that you will see. On our cruise, the naturalist happened to be a twenty-something young lady who did an excellent job with her commentary and answered any questions she was asked, such as "Why do whales breach?"...

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Juneau Restaurants

  • Good fun and food

    The Red Dog Saloon gets a bad rap I think. Many tourists turn their nose up at its mention, after all it's full of CRUISERS. Well heck yeah and it's a blast if you give in to the ambiance. We were lucky enough to have a singer/guitar player during our lunch. He was having fun with the crowd and they were having fun back. We just had a snack, but...

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  • Outside - uneven ground

    The Salmon Bake has apparently been running for 30 years at the times that cruise ships are in port. The ticket (which can be, but does not have to be purchased from a cruise ship) includes round trip transportation to Gold Creek Salmon Bake (in a school bus); musical entertainment and all you can eat buffet.Lunch and dinner daily May through...

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  • Even Here

    Tour guides in every city seem to want to show us that even in Alaska, they have things like Wal-Mart. And McDonalds. There were always stories about McDonalds.Actually Juneau has two McDonalds. One at 130 Front Street and this one on Trout Street.They both have wireless internet, but the Trout Street one has a Play Place and a Drive Through.

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Juneau Nightlife

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  • Viking bar- cesspool of Juneau nightlife

    Terrible bar, bad service. People are friendly for the most part but watch out as there are many people in there looking to fight for no reason at all. My wife was punched in the back of the head for no reason and my friend got beat in front of the bar while the bouncers watched, who are completely worthless by the way. They did nothing to help...

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  • The Alaskan Hotel Bar

    Comments from a patron:A hotel with a bar. Sounds simple, but at the Alaskan, it's an EXPERIENCE, a HAPPENING, a WAY OF LIVING.The best part is the bar downstairs. Cool old place with music many nights, nice yet hip bartenders, a balcony, old paintings and photos on the walls, and a cool crowd in the evenings. No need to go anywhere else in town at...

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  • Great Dancing at the Viking!

    I went to the Viking Lounge on a Wednesday night last week and discovered a huge crowd dancing in the back bar. There was an incredible DJ and tons of locals hanging out having a good time. The front of the bar is where it seems like old timers hang out but the back is where all the young people flock to meet and dance the night away! It's set up...

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Juneau Transportation

  • Mendenhall Glacier Express Bus

    UPDATE: In 2015, online posted price is now listed as $20 pp round trip.UPDATE: In 2013, posted price is listed as $16 pp round trip!! So this is not really an increase in price.UPDATE: In 2011 the price of the Glacier Express was $8.00 each way for adults.UPDATE: In 2006 the price of the Glacier Express was $6.00 each way for adults.If you arrive...

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  • Take the ferry from Juneau to Prince...

    This is a fantastic journey by boat. Do not take the plane. The boat is much better if you have time.

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  • ms Volendam to Juneau

    We arrived in Juneau and docked right next to the port welcome area. As you can see shopping was not far away :)

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Juneau Shopping

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  • What's Alaska Without Salmon???

    You cannot travel in Alaska without realizing just how important Salmon fishing is to the state and to tourism. I was an adult when I first tried salmon, and it didn't take long for me to appreciate its flavor. When in Alaska, you'll find it delightfully packaged in gift stores, and served at every restaurant. We even enjoyed some delicious smoked...

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  • A Tourist Town for Shopping

    Cruise port shopping guarantees quirky local products, tee-shirts and sweatshirts labeled with the local name and symbol, as well as jewelry and souvenirs. Some is good, some is ugly and some is made in China. The Glacier Silt Soap and embroidered fleece vests caught my eye.

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  • Furball in Juneau

    This is a warning against doing business with the Alaska Fur Gallery, in Anchorage, which operates during the summer cruise season in Juneau Fur Gallery. I left a custom made leather coat to be repaired. Their work was late and lacked all quality. They ignored my instructions and made the jacket worse rather than better (They sewed my pockets...

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Juneau Local Customs

  • Parking Garage and Public Library

    What a brilliant idea to blend a money maker with a civic service. The library is on top of the garage. The metal sculpture is either a Haida or Tlingt design. This is the downtown branch of the Juneau Public Library.

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  • Fishing Charter Boat Operations

    My son, and many of his friends, have crewed for Juneau fishing charter operators. Beware of the sign on the boat that says "A whale can tip this boat, but only YOU can tip the crew!" A little known fact is that many captains actually make the crew SPLIT the tip money with them! Always carry a couple of $20 bills that you can personally palm off to...

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  • Trash Cans

    Juneau's public trash cans, those on the sidewalks for people to use, are all bear proof. Bear proof means that they are designed so that bears can't get into them and therefore will not come into town trying to get food from them. However, I found that these trash cans are also human proof. They have a handle that you have to push in and then lift...

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Juneau Warnings and Dangers

  • Signs say it all really!

    Just about everywhere you go around Juneau you will see warning signs about bears.It amazes me the number of tourists that see these signs as a photo opportunity to get that “action” shot.When we visited, in August 2010, the bear activity was extensive. Mother bears were teaching their cubs how to fish and the tourists were scrambling for the best...

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  • Stay clear of fish gates!

    The Department of agriculture has erected a number of fish gates in their National Parks and waterways. They open these gates when a member of staff is sitting above the opening so that they can count the number, and type, of salmon that are spawning.This is an open invitation for bears to come to dinner! The fish assemble in front of the gates and...

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  • Avalanche - They Do Happen

    Whilst walking one of the hiking trails on Mount Roberts we we saw a prominent notice warning that avalanches do occur in this area. I would think there is a good chance of avalanche in any of the Alaskan mountains.

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Juneau Tourist Traps

  • The Red Dog Saloon

    This restaurant is located right by the cruise ship dock and is pretty much swarming with tourists. They have guys standing out front dressed up like old gold miners and there is a line going out the door to wait for a table. The food is also really expensive. Why should anyone wait in line to pay $12 for a burger when they can get one down the...

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  • Russian Stuff

    The people who do marketing for Juneau (and lots of other places in Alaska) make much ado about the fact that the state used to be part of Russia. Of course this is part of their heritage, but today it seems that this fact is mainly used to sell junk to tourists. There must be about five or six Russian imports stores in the city and they all sell...

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  • Red Dog Saloon

    When the gift /Souvenir shop is almost bigger then the Bar that is NOT a good sign!Bad Beer with Bad service is a diffenent BAD sign. STAY AWAY!!. Walk up 2 blocks to the Alaska Hotel for a much better experiance! Don go in! Alaska Hotel bar up the street.

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Juneau What to Pack

  • 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 shellGloves, Hat, ScarfWaterproof hiking boots & warm, comfortable socks Sunscreen/SunblockMosquito repellant (especially for June/July) Camera, Wide...

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  • Wet Weather Gear

    I found a good backpack is handy as i had a video cam and a carmera as well as all the usual stuff a woman carries lol. Make sure you have good foot wear for all the walking you will do.Buy cheap throw away rain coats they come in handy and a good umbrella. Do not forget your Camera and spare battries as there are so many nice things to take...

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  • Cold and Wet!

    Juneau is located in a temperate rain forest, which means that it rains there almost every day. When it doesn't rain it looks like it COULD rain, and then, it rains. It also never really gets very warm there, even at the height of summer. The upside to that though is that it also doesn't get AS cold as the rest of Alaska in the winter.No matter...

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Juneau Off The Beaten Path

  • Tracy Arm

    Tracy Arm is a fjord not far from Juneau. Shore excursions transfer to a smaller boat mid-channel and, if the conditions are right, get closer to a glacier than the large ship can. The outlet is located at 57° 46' 40" N 133° 37' 0" W

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  • Crazy Sites in Juneau

    Expect the wacky and wild in Juneau. On the way to the Alaskan Brewery Company we ran into this industrial building with the most outlandish series of characters on the roof. It seems the owner had made copies of all the Wizard of Oz characters and placed them on the roof of his building. Quite a site!Then over in the West Juneau area, on the other...

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  • Crusing Tracy Arm - Icebergs & Glaciers

    On the second morning of our Alaska cruise we woke to the announcement that we would be entering Tracy arm at 7:30 and for those interested in viewing and taking photos an excellent view can be obtained from the bow, 3rd deck. Our first photos were of Sun Dum glacier and then we sighted countless icebergs of all sizes and shapes. At the waters edge...

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Juneau Sports & Outdoors

  • 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...

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  • Snowboarding as a noob in Alaska

    My snowboarding skills weren't too good yet, so I was intimidated to try snowboarding in Alaska alone. I was there in early 2006. I had met a new friend online and decided this was a chance to actually get out of Texas & see Alaska! I flew to Juneau and felt like I was in Narnia! Gorgeous!!!! Bald eagles everywhere!! It was amazing for me to see...

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  • Self Guided Fishing Trip

    We rented a skiff and spent all day fishing and sightseeing. It was great! Although we didn't catch "the big one", we had a great day on the water, caught lots of small ones, and enjoyed ourselves immensely. (I know... a starfish is not, technically, a fish. Yes, I threw it back.) Fishing pole, Leads, Hooks, bait. Shop at Western Auto if you need...

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  • What to do with a day in Juneau

    I get asked a lot on what to do with a day in Juneau so here are some general tips.If you have an aversion to crowds like me, you might find downtown Juneau to be very touristy and crowded when the ships are in. I had been often during the legislative sessions and downtown was a pleasant and quiet place. But when we went to visit our daughter a few...

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  • Have Jobs ---- Will Travel!

    One of the best things about traveling is talking to people, young and old, who live and work in the area you are visiting. I had several opportunities to either talk to, or listen to quite a few young people who had all moved to Juneau for the summer. Although housing isn't easy to find and isn't inexpensive, these young people can find relatively...

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  • 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.

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