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Top Choice Glacier in Juneau

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 popular attraction, flows 13 miles from its source, the June…
Top Choice Dumplings in Juneau

Pel'Meni

Juneau was never part of Russia's Alaskan empire, but that hasn't stopped the city succumbing to a silent invasion of pelmeni (homemade Russian dumplings), filled with either potato or beef, spiced with hot sauce, c…
Top Choice Cafe in Juneau

Rookery

A brilliant combo of laid-back coffee shop by day and hip bistro by night, the Rookery serves Portland, OR's Stumptown coffee and original breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Buttermilk corn cakes, sandwiches on homema…
Top Choice Indian in Juneau

Saffron

Juneau flirts with nuevo Indian food at Saffron and the results are commendable. There are plenty of delicate breads to go with the aromatic curries with a strong bias toward vegetarian dishes (including a good spin…
Top Choice Cultural in Juneau

Celebration

In June of even-numbered years, Southeast Alaska’s three main tribal groups, the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian, gather for the aptly named ‘Celebration,' the largest native cultural event in Alaska. The festival’s se…
Historic Site in Juneau

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 baseball diamond, stores, dormitories and blacksmith. Reaching i…
Brewery in Juneau

Alaskan Brewing Company

Established in 1986 (ancient history in craft-brewing years), Alaska's largest brewery has always been a pioneer. Its amber ale (along with many other concoctions) is ubiquitous across the state and rightly so. Note…
Cable Car in Juneau

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 whisks you right from the cruise-ship dock up 1750ft to the ti…
Museum in Juneau

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's now a museum where you can view remains of the compressor …
Shrine in Juneau

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 stone causeway. The Catholic church was commissioned by a Jes…