Juneau's Great Diversity

The hardest part of visiting this Alaska port will be choosing between all its amazing activity options

If your cruise stops in Juneau, be sure to bring along a pair of waterproof shoes – you’ll wear them everywhere.
Juneau is a city that combines the wild natural beauty of Alaska with gold-rush-era history and charm. With activity options running the gamut from active adventure in the great unknown to exploring historic sites in downtown, the hardest part of visiting this port will be choosing between all its amazing offerings.

Walk on the Wild Side
Those with a thirst for adventure will feel right at home in Juneau. On the extreme end of the spectrum, options include helicopter and floatplane tours of glaciers and fjords, dogsledding, and glacier-trekking. For something a little tamer, visitors can try sea kayaking to visit with seals, sea lions, and whales; ziplining through the rainforest; or scenic hiking.

Tamer Attractions
Juneau has plenty of exciting attractions that require a little less exertion. Try a whale watching tour, fishing for salmon or halibut, or touring a glacier by bus. In addition, the historic sites of downtown Juneau are within walking distance of the port. For more history, cruisers can tour a gold mine or pan for gold.

Extended Stays
Those on a longer cruise or enjoying a pre- or post-sail stay should consider visiting nearby Tracy Arm Fjord; Glacier Bay, to see 16 tidewater glaciers; or brown bear viewing at Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.

Local Eateries
For a high-end taste of Alaskan cuisine, the Gold Room in the historic Westmark Baranof Hotel is an excellent choice, serving indulgent dishes such as Alaskan halibut stuffed with crab. Watch floatplanes land and take off from Hangar on the Wharf, where a selection of 100 beers is among the draws. More fabulous Alaska seafood can be sampled at T.K. Maguire’s, which is also touted as serving the area’s best Sunday brunch.

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