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Juneau, AK
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Juneau featuring general coastal views, mountains and a coastal town

Alaska’s capital is a gateway to some of the area’s most spectacular and accessible sights. Walk on ice fields, witness mammoth glaciers and catch sight of humpback whales.

Visit Juneau, in Alaska’s southeast, to experience astonishing natural formations, mountainside trails through wild forests and a 1,500-square-mile (3,9000-square-kilometer) ice field.

Of all the incredible sights in and around Juneau, the area’s many ice glaciers are a standout. One of the most impressive of these is the Mendenhall Glacier, which is only 12 miles (19 kilometers) from downtown Juneau. Drive to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for stunning views of the glacier as well as educational programs for adults and children.

From the visitor center take one of the easily accessible trails for a chance to spot salmon and bears or hike via the East Glacier Loop to an overlook closer to the glacier. Another option is the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) Nugget Falls Trail which ends at the base of the broad and dramatic Nugget Falls.

Get even closer to the glaciers by taking one of the daily cruises that travel up through the Tracy Arm Fjord to the South Sawyer Glacier. Look out for seals, which bask on floating ice throughout the area.

Take a helicopter tour up to the Juneau Ice Field, which lies to the north of town. This 1,500-square-mile (3,900-square-kilometer) area of solid ice spans entire valleys. Walk over the thick plane with a tour guide and peer down into gaping crevasses, which cut deep into the ice.

Board a whale-watching boat to see more of the area’s wildlife. From April to November, around 600 humpback whales live within the Inside Passage. Also, keep an eye out for orcas which feed on seals in the area.

Juneau can be reached by plane or through one of the many cruise lines that visit the area. You can also arrive by car, but you will have to take a ferry from one of several ports in Washington or British Columbia. The ferry travels through the Inside Passage and provides beautiful views of the countryside to the south of Juneau. It is best to visit between April and November, when the weather is mild and Juneau’s spectacular offerings can be best enjoyed.

Where to stay in Juneau

Alaskan Hotel and Bar
Alaskan Hotel and Bar
2.5 out of 5
167 S Franklin Street, Juneau, AK
The price is $90 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Downtown Juneau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Alaska State Capitol, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and Mount Roberts Tramway. Last Chance ...
3.4/5 (128 reviews)
"👍"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Alaskan Hotel and Bar
Super 8 by Wyndham Juneau
Super 8 by Wyndham Juneau
2 out of 5
2295 Trout St, Juneau, AK
The price is $127 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Mendenhall Valley, this motel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Mendenhall Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mendenhall Glacier and Auke Bay. University ...
4.3/5Excellent! (324 reviews)
"Comfortable"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Juneau
Baranof Downtown, BW Signature Collection
Baranof Downtown, BW Signature Collection
3 out of 5
127 N Franklin St, Juneau, AK
The price is $179 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Downtown Juneau, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alaska State Capitol and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Alaska Governor's Mansion ...
3.5/5Good! (607 reviews)
"Bathroom was a little outdated but clean. It's a great location in downtown Juneau"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Baranof Downtown, BW Signature Collection
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pearson's Pond Luxury Suites
Pearson's Pond Luxury Suites
3.5 out of 5
9633 Kelly Ct, Juneau, AK
The price is $399 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Back Loop, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Nugget Falls, Mendenhall Glacier, and Mendenhall Ice Caves. Auke Bay and University of ...
Pearson's Pond Luxury Suites
Off Grid, This Custom Cabin is Your Premier Alaskan Destination Experience
Off Grid, This Custom Cabin is Your Premier Alaskan Destination Experience
Juneau, AK
Situated in Juneau, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Funter Bay State Marine Park, Auke Bay, and University of Alaska-Southeast. Mendenhall Glacier and Taku ...
Off Grid, This Custom Cabin is Your Premier Alaskan Destination Experience
Private House With a View of Auke Bay Harbor!
Private House With a View of Auke Bay Harbor!
Juneau, AK
This family-friendly Juneau vacation home is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Auke Bay and University of Alaska-Southeast. Mendenhall Golf Course is ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Beautiful place in a convenient location
"Loved this home , beautifully decorated, high quality beds and linens . Would stay here anytime!"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Private House With a View of Auke Bay Harbor!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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