Juneau Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, February 2015

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The Alaskan capital, Juneau has a tangible sense of history and contemporary charm. Gateway to the region’s otherworldly glacial landscapes, the city has heaps of gold-rush memorabilia as the site of Alaska’s first gold strike.

Day 1: A Day in Juneau

Explore the waterfront on your first day in Juneau, taking a stroll past the historic clapboard buildings lining Franklin Street. Drop into a seafood restaurant to taste the flavors of the sea, or shop for Native American artworks and artifacts in the town’s souvenir and craft stores.

For insights into the boom-era town, visit the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, or discover brewing history and lip-smacking ales at the Alaskan Brewing Company’s headquarters in Juneau. The area’s Russian roots are revealed at the St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1894 and filled with Russian icons.

Day 2: Gold in Those Hills

Juneau was built on gold, launching Alaska’s gold rush in 1880 and bringing prospectors in their thousands to the area. The port was also a staging area for the Klondike gold rush. The main mines were Treadwell near Douglas and the Alaska-Juneau mine, which you can visit today at the Last Chance Mining Museum and Historic Park.

Before its closure in 1944, the Alaska-Juneau mine produced more than $80 million worth of gold. For background into Juneau’s gold history, visit the Juneau-Douglas City Museum downtown, take a mine tour or get into the swing of things in Juneau’s raffish waterfront taverns, with their underfoot sawdust, pioneer chic and honky-tonk piano entertainment.

Day 3: Glaciers and Alpine Lakes

You know you’re in Alaska when you visit Glacier Bay National Park. Tidewater glaciers spill down from the surrounding snow-clad mountains, icebergs dot the lakes, and hiking trails wind their way past forests of spruce. Kayaking, wildlife-watching and wildflower trails are other highlights of a visit to Glacier Bay.

For the most stunning views imaginable, arrive at Glacier Bay by helicopter. Closer to Juneau, ride the tramway to the top of Mt. Roberts for more alpine views, or visit Mendenhall Lake and its visitor center viewing platform.

Tours & Tickets

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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 74 Reviews

Escape to the Alaskan Wilderness on a small group Whale Watching Adventure from Juneau. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Whale Watching - 3 hours
With Mendenhall Glacier - 4.5 hours

From USD $125.00

Viator Exclusive: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and Juneau City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Enjoy a Juneau sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier experience with this Juneau combo tour. Tour the city by coach to see highlights ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $125.00

Juneau Whale-Watching Cruise and Brewery Tour

Whale watching and beer are two of Juneau’s most popular attractions. On this combo tour, you have the opportunity to experience both on the same day. Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $130.00

Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Embark on an unforgettable Alaskan wilderness adventure on this small-group day trip to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, a protected wildlife location ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $689.00

Juneau Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or Dinner on Mt Roberts

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

See the best of the Juneau area on this sightseeing and nature tour that combines historical landmarks with stunning natural wonders. Start with a narrated ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.00

Juneau Helicopter Tour and Dogsledding Experience

Experience Alaska through the eyes of an Iditarod musher! Start with an exciting helicopter tour over the glaciers of Juneau Icefield, and then land at a ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $510.00

Private Tour: Customizable Hummer Tour of Juneau

Explore Juneau exactly how you want on this customizable private tour! Your private guide will escort you on either a 4-hour or 8-hour sightseeing tour in a ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Varies

From USD $162.69

Taku Glacier by Helicopter and Airboat from Juneau

Want to see one of the most beautiful and inaccessible places in the world? Venture to Taku Glacier by helicopter, flying over sprawling and unruly Tongass ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $560.00

Mendenhall Glacier Trek and Climb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Join an Alaskan wilderness adventure as you are introduced to glacier trekking on Mendenhall Glacier!

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $229.95

Juneau Whale-Watching Cruise

Pristine blue waters, breaching whales, bald eagles soaring overhead — these are just some of the reasons to take advantage of this whale-watching tour in ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

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