Welcome To Alaska’s Capital City
Take a deep breath and exhale slowly as you
gaze at the majestic peaks of Alaska's Coast
Mountains range. Marvel at the spectacular
ancient glaciers Experience the thrill of seeing
wildlife like bears, sea lions, and eagles in their
natural habitat. Enjoy world-class whale
watching, birding and salmon fishing. From one
adventure to another--hiking, kayaking,
ziplining, trekking on a glacier, mountain
climbing, biking, diving, heli-tours and
dogsledding--Juneau offers something for
everyone. Best of all, no long drives or boat trips
are needed for an authentic Last Frontier
adventure. A quick two hour flight north
from Seattle makes it easy to have a legendary
The Call Of The Wild
Juneau offers some of the most spectacular
wildlife and bird viewing experiences in the
world. Whether you prefer a fully guided tour or
paving your own trail, there are countless heartpumping wildlife viewing opportunities in
Marine wildlife viewing
Every year, from April to November, approximately 600
humpback whales inhabit the waters of the northern Inside
Passage. They migrate annually to feed on the abundant
plankton and small fish that thrive in this region. The Orca, or
killer whale, also calls the area home. These whales, though
much smaller than humpbacks, have been known to pursue
much bigger prey -- salmon, seals, and even moose and other
whales have been hunted down by these “wolves of the sea.”
While humpbacks often travel alone or in small groups, orcas
travel in large packs known as "pods." Since they are fast
swimmers, a single pod can occupy a very large territory. Whale
watching tours are offered in Juneau and nearby Glacier Bay.
Daily boat tours to Tracy Arm rarely return without whale
sightings - and visitors often spot many on a single trip.
Black bears are common not only in the forests
around Juneau but immediately around the city, too.
Averaging 200 to 600 pounds, a black bear
encounter in Juneau can be a thrilling experience.
For an exciting bear watching experience, head out
to Admiralty Island National Monument and the
Kootznoowoo (a Tlingit word meaning "Fortress of
the Bears") Wilderness Area. Brown bears thrive in
this habitat with more than 1,600 bears--one for
every square mile of the island. For a more
adventurous experience, paddlers can access
Admiralty Island by kayak. Travelers can also explore
the area by boat or float plane. The best time to view
bears is during the salmon run which varies from
year to year but traditionally includes most of July
Alaska’s Inside Passage is home to approximately 20,000 bald
eagles (the human population of this same area hovers near
70,000). Around Juneau, bald eagles can easily be spotted in
trees, flying overhead or feeding along nearby streams,
particularly during salmon spawning season. A local favorite for
eagles is the salmon hatchery located just a quick car ride from
Juneau’s downtown. For those that thrill at the thought of
spotting a Steller’s Jay or marbled murrlet, Juneau is an ideal
birder’s paradise. May or June is an ideal time to plan a birding
vacation when more than100,000 birds travel through Juneau.
Juneau’s unique and accessible combination of mountains,
forests, wetlands and inter-tidal habitat provides visitors with a
great variety of birding opportunities. More than 300 species of
birds follow the flyways of the state's Panhandle and more than
100 species nest in Juneau alone.
While it may have taken thousands of years to create many of Alaska’s glaciers, access to
one of the best is about 15 minutes from Juneau’s downtown. The Mendenhall Glacier,
one of Juneau's most popular attractions is also one of Alaska's most accessible glaciers.
A marvel of nature lies two thousand feet above historic downtown Juneau, the 1,500
square mile Juneau Icefield, the fifth largest icefield in North America. Extending from
Taku Inlet to Skagway, the icefield is the birthing ground of 38 major glaciers, including
Mendenhall Glacier. There are a number of ways to see and experience the Mendenhall
Glacier and Juneau Icefield. In addition to visiting independently, ground tour companies
offer glacier tours. From May through September the Visitor Center charges a $3.00
admission fee. Flightseeing companies offer aerial tours of the Icefield, while helicopters
offer tours that include everything from short walks on the ice to two-hour plus treks. Day
boat tour companies offer tours of the twin Sawyer Glaciers in Tracy Arm Fjord southeast
of Juneau. Glacier Bay National Park, with its incredible collection of tidewater glaciers
and 3 million acres of wilderness, is just a short trip to the west.
Adventures For Everyone
In addition to some of the most spectacular wildlife viewing and glacier exploration
available, Juneau is second-to-none for outdoor adventure. Whether it’s hiking more than
100 miles of maintained trails, kayaking in protected and pristine waterways, virtually flying
on a zipline, trekking on a glacier, mountain climbing, biking or diving, Juneau offers
adventures for everyone at any age and skill level.
Culture, Shopping, Accommodations, and Dining
In addition to endless outdoor adventure, you can fill your days in Juneau with historic
attractions, unique shopping, dining, arts, and heritage. From nationally acclaimed
theatrical performances to dining on freshly caught seafood and locally sourced gourmet
food, Juneau offers many cultural and historical attractions. Guests can shop for handcrafted unique items, browse local art galleries, and discover Juneau’s surprisingly
enthralling cultural scene. From cozy B & B’s to inns and hotels, Juneau offers visitors a
plentiful selection of attractive accommodations.
Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau
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