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JuneauUnited States of America

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.

Where to stay in Juneau

Top Hotels in Juneau

Extended Stay America - Juneau - Shell Simmons Drive
Extended Stay America - Juneau - Shell Simmons Drive
2.5 out of 5
1800 Shell Simmons Dr, Juneau, AK
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,943 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in Mendenhall Valley, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Mendenhall Golf Course, Mendenhall Glacier, and Auke Bay. Nugget Falls and University of Alaska-Southeast ...

3.5/5Good! (848 reviews)

"I liked the location. Being able to literally walk to the airport in less than a minute is a plus for sure."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2020

Extended Stay America - Juneau - Shell Simmons Drive
Super 8 by Wyndham Juneau
Super 8 by Wyndham Juneau
2 out of 5
2295 Trout St, Juneau, AK
The price is ¥9,180 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Mendenhall Valley, this motel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Mendenhall Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mendenhall Glacier and Auke Bay. University ...

4.4/5Excellent! (290 reviews)

"Airport & ferry shuttle service. Fast check in, grab and go breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Juneau
Aspen Suites Hotel Juneau
Aspen Suites Hotel Juneau
2.5 out of 5
8400 Airport Blvd, Juneau, AK
The price is ¥10,842 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Mendenhall Valley, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Mendenhall Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mendenhall Glacier and Auke Bay. University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (291 reviews)

"Stay regularly for business travel and it’s consistently clean and convenient"…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Aspen Suites Hotel Juneau
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Juneau

Alaskan Island Escape
Alaskan Island Escape
Juneau, AK
The price is ¥22,847 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Situated on the beach, this romantic cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Funter Bay State Marine Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Auke Bay and University of Alaska-Southeast. ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
The cabin is lovely - perfect for 4 people - with beautiful view and only nature sounds at night

"Our hosts were warm and welcoming. The cabin had lots of supplies like spices and tea/coffee. The view of the sea, the birds and the flowers made our stay so very peaceful and relaxing."…"

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Alaskan Island Escape
Mountain N' Shores Chalet
Mountain N' Shores Chalet
Juneau, AK

Situated on the beach, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Perseverance Theatre, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, and Alaska Governor's Mansion. Cope ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Absolutely loved the house and Adam was a great host

"Wonderful house and location, check in was done well and we can thank you very much"…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Mountain N' Shores Chalet
A-frame Cabin in the woods with all the amenities
A-frame Cabin in the woods with all the amenities
Juneau, AK

Located in North Douglas, this romantic vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Eaglecrest Ski Area, Funter Bay State Marine Park, and Alaska Governor's Mansion. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Relaxing

"We really enjoyed this out of the way location."…"

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

A-frame Cabin in the woods with all the amenities
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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