Traveler's Guide to Juneau, Alaska

Situated in Southeast Alaska between the vast expanse of the Juneau Icefield and the Gastineau channel, Juneau is the isolated capitol city of Alaska.  The city itself boasts two cruise ship ports of call, an international airport, as well as being a serviced stop along the Alaska Marine Highway state ferry system.  This type of accessibility makes Juneau highly convenient, since the city is only reachable by sea or air.

Transportation

Getting to Juneau requires a flight or a boat ride. There are no roads contecting Juneau to the Lower 48 or Canada. Once you are there, bus and taxi service are available. There is a city bus as well as tourist busses to carry you to the scenic hotspots, like the Mendenhall Glacier.

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Accommodation

Juneau’s “old town” feel is the perfect place for the independent traveler to enjoy a rest.  The range of available options for overnight stay is eclectic, ranging from nostalgic and historical to elegant or convenient.  Whatever your tastes, Juneau can provide.

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Restaurants

Juneau is home to the Taku Smokeries and Fisheries houses, which is where local fisherman from all over Southeast Alaska bring their catch to be cleaned and prepared.  What this means for the diner is that there is no better place in Alaska to enjoy fresh seafood than right here in Juneau!

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Activities, Cruises, and Charters

There are over 190 Certified “off shore excursions” in Juneau alone!  Whether it’s flying, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, whale-watching, glacier tours, local beer tasting, or even zip-lining, Juneau has it all!

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Chilkat Blanket on Parade.

Chilkat Blanket on Parade. by born1945, on Flickr

Events, Festivals, and interesting extras

As you can see, there is more to do in Juneau than one trip could handle.  However, these seasonal festivals and local hotspots are sure to round out any dream vacation, and ensure a true “Alaskan experience”.

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