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Juneau is our home base and serves the communities of: Skagway, Haines, Gustavus, Hoonah, Kake, Klawock, Sitka, Angoon, Tenakee Springs, Elfin Cove, and Exursion Inlet.

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A rich history, dramatic scenery, and endless activities make Juneau, Alaska one of America's most exciting state capitals. Originally a Tlingit settlement on the banks of the Gastineau Channel, today Juneau is the seat of Alaska's state government and a thriving tourist destination for adventure seekers from across the globe.

About Juneau

While its current name is Juneau, that is not always the name it was known by. The community was previously known as Rockwell and before that it was known as Harrisburg. Even before it was known as Harrisburg, Rockwell, or Juneau, the village was a settlement for the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribes that knew it as a different name. The community received its current namesake after Joseph Juneau teamed up with a member of the Tlingit tribe and discovered gold plots in the land. Not long after this discovery Juneau became a popular settlement town.

Today, Juneau is a thriving community that offers small-town hospitality as well as city amenities. The town has become a hub for tourism and cruise ship passengers and with its mountains, rivers, glaciers, and forests Juneau offers majestic scenery to behold.

There are plenty of attractions in Juneau for travelers to enjoy. Visitors can partake in a variety of activities, such as exploring Historic Downtown Juneau or the Mendenhall Glacier and Visitor Center. 

Juneau Activities

  • Hiking


    There are some good options for hiking trails around the Mendenhall Glacier, including the East Glacier Loop. Alaska Trekker offers a great resource for walking, hiking, and biking trails. The beautiful backdrop to Juneau, Mount Juneau, is also worth exploring.

    Photo thanks to Betsy Schenker

  • Kayaking


    Visitors can kayak in Mendenhall lake and get an up-close view of icebergs and waterfalls while experienced kayakers can enjoy a trip down the Tatshensini River.

    Photo thanks to Jordan Neal

  • Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking

    Whether you are visiting Juneau by cruise ship, plane, or ferry (or you are one of us and you live here)…Cycle Alaska provides you with amazing opportunities to get out and experience the beauty and history of Juneau on a bike!

    Find out more about Mountain Biking in Juneau »

    Photo thanks to Cycle Alaska

  • Whale Watching

    Whale Watching

    There are many options for whale watching tours, many departing from Juneau’s Auke Bay Harbor and exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage.

  • Fishing


    Salmon and halibut fishing is very popular in Juneau. There are a number of charter services available. If fly fishing or sport fishing, you will find many good spots for these here as well.

    Photo thanks to Suzanne Bavard

  • Ziplining


    Alaska Zipline Adventures and Alaska Canopy Adventures are two zipline spots that will thrill and challenge visitors.

    Photo thanks to Alaska Zipline Adventures

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