Starting in mid-May, this stunning ocean-side community buzzes with activity.
But Alaska’s capital city of Juneau is also splendidly isolated: the only way to get here is by boat or plane. That’s perfect for cruise ship travelers, who might otherwise never have a chance to experience this captivating place.
The Juneau cruise port is located right downtown. With forest-covered mountains in the backdrop, these narrow streets twist past a mix of both modern buildings and classic-style storefronts. Explore unique shops along South Franklin Street, where hand-craft souvenirs and quirky restaurants are easy to find.
Hop the Mount Roberts Tramway and ascend 3,800 feet to the summit. This is one of the steepest tramway rides in the world. And once you reach the top, reward your bravery with a visit to the restaurant or wildlife sanctuary.
You can also head outside of town in search of adventure. Tag along with a prospector to Gold Creek for some old-fashioned gold panning or give halibut fishing a try. For the most spellbinding scenery, visit the nearby Mendenhall Glacier – this one place you have to see to believe.
We made this video to tell you more about these and other amazing shore excursions in Juneau Alaska.