Juneau Cruises

Whilst not the most populated city by some margin, Juneau is the capital of Alaska and a popular port of call with the cruise lines that visit the region every year.

Named after prospector Joe Juneau, who co-founded the city after he discovered gold nuggets ‘as large as beans’ in the area, Juneau is surrounded by rugged terrain that means it is only accessible from the remainder of Alaska by air or sea – with no link to the main highway network.

Surrounded by rugged terrain, Juneau is one of the most scenic cities you can visit on an Alaskan cruise, which is saying something in itself given the various options that are available.

From the city, you can take trips outside the city to partake in a range of traditional Alaskan activities, which include dog sled rides and hiking, whilst one of trip to one of the oldest gold mines will give an insight into what brought so many people to the area in years gone by.

You might also enjoy the chance to go whale watching (assuming you haven’t seen them on your ship), zip-lining through the trees or even take a flight out to marvel at views of the stunning sight of some of the nearby glaciers.

Of those glaciers, the Mendenhall Glacier, which is found around 12km away from downtown Juneau is certainly worth a visit as one of the most spectacular in the region and is home to a special visitors centre where you can learn more about the surrounding ice fields.

You might also enjoy a trip to the Alaska State Museum, or can take a trip by tramway to the summit of Mount Roberts to take in impressive views back across the city below – with a range of walking trails to be found at the summit.

With plenty of opportunities to do some shopping or grab a bite to eat, you’ll not be short of things to do during your time ashore.

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