Juneau is Alaska's capital city, and though not the largest, it may be the most full of contrast. It is bustling metropolis in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest temperate rainforest in North America. The city's rich history and culture is proudly displayed, while overlooking the Gastineau Channel. This proximity to the ocean offers a different experience than Alaska's other big cities. Visitors can hike trails through temperate rainforest, tidal beaches, or up mountain sides. Air is the most popular method of sightseeing in Juneau—helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft fly over the sublime ice fields near town and surrounding mountain ranges. A fleet of vessels is on hand to show visitors the astonishing array of aquatic animals, from whales and dolphins to sea birds and seals.
Juneau is the closest city to the Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska's top attractions. It is one and half miles wide and 100 feet high. It is also in close proximity to Glacier Bay National Park, Admiralty Island & Pack Creek Bear Reserve, and other wild areas.
Fishing in Juneau is unparalleled. Its nearby waters are home to all five species of salmon, as well as the Pacific halibut, that can weigh up to 100 pounds. Surrounding fresh waters hold cutthroat and steelhead trout. Charter boats are abundant, and Alaska fishing licenses can often be purchased straight from the captain.
Like its sister cities, Juneau has no shortage of dining options—from fine to casual to authentic—or accommodations for its visitors. Juneau offers a warm welcome to all its visitors!