Juneau Alaska Attractions are low cost, with
tickets available at the door without
advance reservations (as opposed to tours
which must be booked far in advance.)
These are accessible by car, bus or taxi.
Glacier is the only drive-up, road
accessible glacier in the USA and is the
third most visited attraction in
Alaska. You can see icebergs,
wildlife, bears during fish spawning,
glaciers, glimpse the 1000 square mile ice
field beyond, and beautiful scenery. It is
all within walking distance from Pearson's
Pond, and a 15 minute drive from downtown
Glacier and Visitors Center: Perched
above the shores of the lake above which
towers the blue ice of the glacier, the
Visitor’s Center boasts terrific
displays and information on the ecology of
this area and dynamic ice field. Many
trails from the lake lead into the
surrounding mountains for excellent
viewing and photographic opportunities.
The Naturalist guided summer walks.
Films and talks year round on weekends. $5
Mt Roberts Tramway goes up to Mt.
Roberts. The 6 minute ride brings you to
great hiking trails, a mountaintop
restaurant - great for salmon, gift shop
and native theater. The mountaintop is
also a good place for
picnic. There is an interpretive center,
and you can buy self- or naturalist- guided hiking tour
here. Or, hike on your own. Bring a picnic
lunch, and stay on the trails. Check the cruise
ship schedule and pick a time and/or day
when there are fewer ships in town.
Gardens Rainforest Adventure is
wonderful for nature lovers. I enjoy
walking around the waterfalls, the
beautiful colors and textures, natural
habitat for wildlife and the absolutely
fantastic hanging gardens in the
upside-down trees. A must-see. They'll
take you in a golf cart to the top of the
mountain with great glacier views (similar
to the one above by the East Glacier
Loop). 1-4 hours, Under $25 admission fee,
Alaska State Museum: One
of the best in the state, has great
displays of Alaska's Native Peoples,
Natural History, Russian America, the
mining, art and interactive
Salmon Hatchery: Check out their awesome aquariums and fish
ladder with underwater window that lets
you watch salmon fight their way up!.
Watch incubation process, enjoy excellent
displays and buy delicious smoked fish.
Great aquarium displays. Located at 3 mile
Alaskan Brewing Company: At
5429 Shaune Dr. Take the popular tours for
free and taste award-winning beers. ask to
try their spruce tip and Alaskan Amber.
Plenty great souvenirs. Take a taste of
the North home with you!
Shrine of St. Therese: Enjoy a drive
‘out the road’ to mile market 23 to visit this beautiful
stone chapel and Fourteen stations of the
Cross sit on a tiny island accessible by a
foot trail. A popular site for weddings.
Gorgeous views of Lynn Canal, marine
mammals and bird life. Serene. Kid
Hiking in Juneau, Alaska. There are hundreds
of trails in Juneau. Some are a relaxing
walk at sea level. Others include a
comfortable 3 hour hike up the trails
around the world-famous Mendenhall Glacier, or a vigorous hike to the top
of one of our many mountains. Most are in
the rainforest with lots of flora and
glacier visitor center has 2 guided walks
daily in summer and the city has two
guided all-day hikes each week year round.
All are free. Learn details
of our favorite trails: East Glacier
Loop, Mt. Roberts above the tram, West
Glacier, Perseverance, trails to the many
lakes, a walk along the shore by the
serene Shrine of St. Therese, and lots of
others. Ask the forest service or visitor
kiosk for a map.
Biking and Tours: There are
dozens of miles of bike trails in Juneau,
many are paved and also suitable for
disabled visitors. Pearson's Pond offers
free bikes and trail maps for their
guests. Or, you can take a guided tour, 4
hours. You will see lots of birds,
eagles, waterfowl, squirrels and great
Aurora Borealis: The Northern Lights are
caused by storms on the sun. High energy
particles hit earth's atmosphere and
excite atoms. They occur in the far north
and far south, because of the earth's
magnetic fields. They are visible when it
is dark and clear (which occurs
occasionally even in the
rainforest), and brush across the sky in
moving bands. These can be seen, when
active, on dark, clear nights. (In summer,
it often is dark after midnight).
Gold Panning: Pan for gold in Gold
Creek and hear about the gold rush
history. a "prospector" guide
shows you how, near one of the world's
largest former hard-rock mining
operations. "Guaranteed gold!"
Gold Creek Salmon Bake: All-you-can-eat buffet with Freshly
grilled salmon, Barbequed chicken and
ribs, and many tempting side dishes &
beverages. • Musical entertainment •
If desired, narrated round trip
transportation from the pier
lunch or dinner, roast marshmallows over
an open fire and take a walk along Salmon
Creek to see beautiful Salmon Falls, pan
for gold, and visit the remnants of the
original Wagner Mine.
See also Taku Glacier Lodge Salmon Bake and Flightseeing.