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Juneau Travel Guide

Alaska’s capital is a gateway to some of the area’s most spectacular and accessible sights. Walk on ice fields, witness mammoth glaciers and catch sight of humpback whales.

Visit Juneau, in Alaska’s southeast, to experience astonishing natural formations, mountainside trails through wild forests and a 1,500-square-mile (3,9000-square-kilometer) ice field.

Of all the incredible sights in and around Juneau, the area’s many ice glaciers are a standout. One of the most impressive of these is the Mendenhall Glacier, which is only 12 miles (19 kilometers) from downtown Juneau. Drive to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for stunning views of the glacier as well as educational programs for adults and children.

From the visitor center take one of the easily accessible trails for a chance to spot salmon and bears or hike via the East Glacier Loop to an overlook closer to the glacier. Another option is the 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) Nugget Falls Trail which ends at the base of the broad and dramatic Nugget Falls.

Get even closer to the glaciers by taking one of the daily cruises that travel up through the Tracy Arm Fjord to the South Sawyer Glacier. Look out for seals, which bask on floating ice throughout the area.

Take a helicopter tour up to the Juneau Ice Field, which lies to the north of town. This 1,500-square-mile (3,900-square-kilometer) area of solid ice spans entire valleys. Walk over the thick plane with a tour guide and peer down into gaping crevasses, which cut deep into the ice.

Board a whale-watching boat to see more of the area’s wildlife.  From April to November, around 600 humpback whales live within the Inside Passage. Also, keep an eye out for orcas which feed on seals in the area.

Juneau can be reached by plane or through one of the many cruise lines that visit the area. You can also arrive by car, but you will have to take a ferry from one of several ports in Washington or British Columbia. The ferry travels through the Inside Passage and provides beautiful views of the countryside to the south of Juneau. It is best to visit between April and November, when the weather is mild and Juneau’s spectacular offerings can be best enjoyed.


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Extended Stay America - Juneau - Shell Simmons Drive

Extended Stay America - Juneau - Shell Simmons Drive

1800 Shell Simmons Dr, Juneau
3.4
of 5, from 164 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Juneau, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from University of Alaska-Southeast and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls. Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and Cope Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£51
Super 8 Juneau

Super 8 Juneau

2295 Trout St, Juneau
4.6
of 5, from 12 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Juneau, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Alaska-Southeast, Nugget Falls, and Mendenhall Glacier. Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and Cope Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£106
Four Points by Sheraton Juneau

Four Points by Sheraton Juneau

51 Egan Dr, Juneau
4.3
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Juneau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and Alaska State Capitol. Mount Roberts Tramway and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church are also within 10 minutes.

£77
Aspen Suites Hotel Juneau

Aspen Suites Hotel Juneau

8400 Airport Blvd, Juneau
4.0
of 5, from 43 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Juneau, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Alaska-Southeast, Nugget Falls, and Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. Mendenhall Glacier and Cope Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£65
Prospector Hotel

Prospector Hotel

375 Whittier St, Juneau
3.5
of 5, from 145 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Juneau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and Alaska Governor's Mansion. Wickersham House State Historic Site and Alaska State Capitol are also within 15 minutes.

£80
Westmark Baranof Hotel

Westmark Baranof Hotel

127 N Franklin St, Juneau
3.3
of 5, from 144 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Juneau, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Alaska State Capitol and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Mount Roberts Tramway and Alaska Governor's Mansion are also within 10 minutes.

£96
Travelodge Hotel Juneau

Travelodge Hotel Juneau

9200 Glacier Hwy, Juneau
3.7
of 5, from 77 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from University of Alaska-Southeast and within 6 mi (10 km) of Nugget Falls and Mendenhall Glacier. Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and Cope Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

£90
Best Western Country Lane Inn

Best Western Country Lane Inn

9300 Glacier Hwy, Juneau
4.2
of 5, from 97 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Juneau, this motel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from University of Alaska-Southeast and within 6 mi (10 km) of Nugget Falls and Mendenhall Glacier. Macaulay Salmon Hatchery and Cope Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

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