For raw beauty, Juneau is hard to beat. In addition to the waterways of the area, and the lush rain forests on the surrounding mountain sides, there are high mountain lakes and the 1,500 square-mile Juneau ice fields. You will also find the sprawling mountain range between Juneau and Canada, some 25 miles to the east.
Juneau isn’t a place for sightseers alone; excellent gift shops, theatres, musical events and plays can all be found here. Juneau has no shortage of bars and restaurants, including the famous Red Dog Saloon. Juneau is also famous for Mendenhall Glacier, a “drive to” glacier that sprawls between mountains for some 13 miles before showing its ice face across Mendenhall Lake.
Juneau is a jumping-off place for trips to many nearby attractions: Famed Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is but a 30 minute flight, Admiralty Island is within sight of Auke Bay, and a number of Forest Service cabins are close to Juneau. There are several Native villages nearby that are served by daily air service.
When all is said and done, however, it is likely to be Juneau’s first impression that will be the most lasting—a picture book community nestled along the base of the mountains with winding streets, totem poles, brightly painted store fronts, and more than 32,000 friendly people who wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world!