Cruise to Juneau

View of Mendenhall Glacier Lake in Juneau, Alaska

Top 5 things to do in Juneau

  1. Hop on Mount Roberts Tramway for aerial views of Juneau
  2. Go whale watching for humpback whales
  3. Explore Mendenhall Glacier by foot, air or sea
  4. Zipline through Tongass National Forest
  5. Step back in time at the legendary Red Dog Saloon
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Juneau, Alaska, may as well be an island: there are no roads in or out of this unique U.S. state capital.

If you're in Juneau for the day, or if you're one of the city's 32,000 residents, you either flew or sailed in. (Okay, maybe you were born in Juneau and never left.) It's not an ocean that separates Juneau, it's the immense Alaskan wilderness, and that's Juneau's calling card.

Downtown Juneau has all the trappings you'd expect of a state capital with a fascinating indigenous and gold-mining history — museums, state houses, duty-free shopping, you name it — but head out of town to the Mendenhall Glacier or up Mount Roberts by tramway for a true sense of this blessed dot surrounded by the raw and the wonderful.

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Juneau Highlights


  • Watching humpback whales in the wild
  • Mendenhall Glacier and the hiking trails that surround it
  • Aerial views of Juneau from the top of Mount Roberts Tramway


  • Craft beer at the Alaskan Brewing Company
  • Fresh Alaska King Crab legs and bisque at Tracy's King Crab Shack
  • Halibut and chips at The Sandbar and Grill


  • Helicopter over Mendenhall Glacier and then go mushing
  • Escape to a quiet hiking trail on the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail
  • Take the Mount Roberts Tramway 1,800 feet over Juneau for breathtaking views

Shore Excursions

  • Go whale watching in Auke Bay Harbor for humpback whales
  • Fly over glaciers and experience a real Alaskan salmon bake
  • Hike around or kayak to Mendenhall Glacier and the beautiful Nugget Falls


  • Learn about salmon and touch various sea critters at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
  • Zipline through the Tongass National Forest
  • Kayak to Mendenhall Glacier for an adventure that's cheaper than most other excursions to the glacier

Solo Exploration

  • Go on a small group hike around Mendenhall Glacier with local guides from Adventure Flow
  • Zipline over the treetops of the Tongass National Forest and past a historic gold mine
  • Get a taste of Juneau's culinary scene on a walking tour with Juneau Food Tours


  • Ulu knives from Alaskan Knifeworks
  • Local jams, birch syrup and salmon caviar from Juneau Mining Co.
  • Native Alaskan Art at Tripp's Mt. Juneau Trading Post


  • Get a taste of Juneau's culinary culture on a walking tour with Juneau Food Tours
  • Head to the Juneau Trading Post to see and buy artwork by Native Alaskans
  • Visit the Red Dog Saloon to see Wyatt Earp's gun, that he once checked at the door and never reclaimed.