Must-see attractions in Juneau

  • Four people walking on Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska, USA

    Mendenhall Glacier


    Going to Juneau and not seeing the Mendenhall is like visiting Rome and skipping the Colosseum. The most famous of Juneau’s ice floes, and the city’s most…

  • Old pump station at the beach in the Treadwell mine historic park in Juneau, Alaska.

    Treadwell Mine Historical Trail


    It's hard to envisage today, but the Treadwell mine on Douglas Island was once the largest gold mine in the world, set up like a minitown with its own…

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    Mt Roberts Tramway


    As far as cable cars go, this tramway is rather expensive for a five-minute ride. But from a marketing point of view its location couldn’t be better. It…

  • The Shrine of St Thérèse church near Juneau, Alaska.

    Shrine of St Thérèse


    Get ready for some spiritual enlightenment. The Shrine of St Thérèse is a natural stone chapel on a beautifully wooded island connected to the shore by a…

  • Nugget Creek falls cascade into Mendenhall Lake, close to Juneau, Alaska.

    Nugget Falls


    A spectacular sight at Mendenhall Glacier is this waterfall, a mini-Niagara (in season) caused by Nugget Creek diving off a hanging valley into Mendenhall…

  • View of the glacier from the inside of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

    Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center


    This mini-museum holds ranger talks, shows an 11-minute film and displays exhibits relating to the glacier and its formation. There are huge panoramic…

  • Last Chance Mining Museum


    Amble out to the end of Basin Rd, a beautiful 1-mile walk from the north end of Gastineau Ave, to the former Alaska-Juneau Gold Mining Company complex. It…

  • Alaska State Museum


    Demolished and rebuilt in a snazzy new $140-million complex in 2016, the result is impressive. Sometimes called SLAM (State Library, Archives and Museum),…

  • Point Bridget State Park


    Juneau’s only state park overlooks Berners Bay and Lynn Canal; salmon fishing is excellent off the Berners Bay beaches and in Cowee Creek. Hiking trails…

  • St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church


    Of 1893 vintage and etched against the backdrop of Mt Juneau, this diminutive onion-domed church is the oldest Russian Orthodox church in Alaska. Through…

  • Sealaska Heritage


    The Sealaska Heritage Institute, founded in 1980 to promote Alaska Native culture, opened this hugely impressive facility in 2015 in the downtown Walter…

  • Mendenhall Lake


    This lake at the foot of Mendenhall Glacier is an excellent destination for a paddle. Alaska Boat & Kayak offers both self-guided and guided packages. The…

  • Juneau-Douglas City Museum


    This museum focuses on gold, with interesting mining displays including 3-D photo viewers, timelines, interactive exhibits and the video Juneau: City…

  • Savikko Park


    At the south end of Douglas is this park sometimes known as 'Sandy Beach' – possibly a more apt name. This is the Juneau area's best stretch of sand,…

  • Alaska State Capitol


    One of the US' more prosaic state capitols, this boxy building went up between 1929 and 1931 and looks more like an overgrown high school than a historic…

  • Macauley Salmon Hatchery


    The visitor center here has huge seawater aquariums and underwater viewing windows so you can watch thousands of salmon fighting their way upstream to…

  • Wickersham State Historical Site


    Overlooking downtown Juneau, this site preserves the 1898 home of pioneer judge and statesman James Wickersham. It's a steep climb, but the house has some…

  • Governor’s Mansion


    This pillared Governor’s Mansion is Juneau's most attractive building. Built and furnished in 1912 at a cost of $44,000, the mansion is not open to the…

  • State Office Building


    The State Office Building is known locally as the SOB. From the outdoor court on the 8th floor there is a spectacular view of the channel and Douglas…

  • Sculpture of Patsy Ann


    The dock has a sculpture of Patsy Ann, a white bull terrier and the so-called ‘Official Greeter of Juneau,’ thanks to her tendency to rush to meet cruise…