Juneau Tourist Attractions
Juneau, capital of Alaska, was originally a gold-diggers' settlement (founded in the 1880s) on Gold Creek. It lies in the most southerly part of the state on the Panhandle, a narrow tongue of land slashed by fjord-like inlets that is separated from the sea by a string of small islands. There is no road to Juneau, and it can only be reached by sea or air. Places of interest are the Alaska State Museum, the House of Judge Wickersham and the Russian Orthodox church (1894). Juneau is a good base from which to explore the scenic beauties of the Panhandle, either by sea or by air. Particularly worthwhile are the Admiralty Island National Monument, the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay National Park.
Tracy Arm Fjord
Alaska State Museum
The Alaska State Museum explores the culture of Alaska's Native people, along with the natural history of the area and the more modern history of the state.
Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park has been an evolving landscape with the glaciers changing with the climate change. Glacier Bay attracts many tourists wanting to catch a glimpse of humpback and killer whales.
Last Chance Mining Museum
Located in a building of the former Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company, the Last Chance Mining Museum displays mining equipment and rail cars. Of particular interest is one of the world's largest air compressors, built in 1912, which is on display. Also on display is an electric locomotive. The museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Alaska Gold Rush Properties.The Alaska Juneau Gold Mining Company operated on this site from 1912 until 1944 and the location truly looks like an old mine. Uneven ground, rusting buildings, and old equipment decaying quietly in the trees all add to the experience. The museum is operated by the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, the same group that cares for the Sentinel Island Lighthouse.The museum is up on a rise and sturdy footwear is advised for the short climb up to the buildings. The museum is closed during the winter months.
Address: 1001 Basin Road, Juneau, AK 99801-1038, United States
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure
The Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure provides a great way for visitors to see and learn about the rainforest in this part of the country. An open sided shuttle takes visitors through the 50 acre property on Thunder Mountain in the Tongass National Rainforest. This is not a garden, but an area of forest, which has been left largely in its natural state. Tour guides discuss the various species and workings of the forest to give a better understanding of what you are seeing. The tour stops at various locations. Viewpoints along the way, with raised boardwalks, include views of the Mendenhall Valley, Chilkat Mountains, Gastineau Channel, and Juneau.Tourists are also given the chance to see ponds, waterfalls, streams and a variety of flora while on this awe-inspiring tour.
Official site: www.glaciergardens.com
Address: 7600 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801, United States
Wickersham State Historic Site
This 1899 Victorian house was the home of Judge James Wickersham, a statesman, author, historian and scholar. Judge Wickersham served as Alaska's pioneer judge for seven terms. His house is built on Chicken Ridge, overlooking the town. On display inside are collections of ivory, basketry, and carvings which he collected during his travels throughout Alaska.The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wickersham State Historic Site tells the story of the Gold Rush era through historical photographs, memorabilia, and period furnishings.
Official site: www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/units/wickrshm.htm
Address: 213 7th Street, Juneau, AK 99801-1117, United States
Mount Roberts Tramway
Official site: www.goldbelttours.com/mount-roberts-tramway
Address: 490 South Franklin Street, Juneau, AK 99801, United States
Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery raises chum, pink coho and king salmon. On display are a number of aquariums with salmon and other sea life native to the area.The life of the Pacific salmon and the daily workings of the hatchery are explained on the guided tour.
Official site: www.dipac.net/visitor.htm
Address: 2697 Channel Drive, Juneau, AK 99801, United States
Juneau-Douglas City Museum
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum offers exhibits on the Tlingit culture, the early gold mining days, and the history of the Juneau-Douglas area. A video presentation, Juneau City Built on Gold, is presented during the summer months.
Official site: www.juneau.lib.ak.us/parksrec/museum
Address: 155 South Seward Street, Juneau, AK 99801, United States
Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier Cruise
Tracy Arm Fjord Glacier Cruise consists of a marine mammal friendly boat, without propellers, takes visitors through the fjords that are not accessible to larger ships. The tour offers views of glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife.
Official site: www.adventureboundalaska.com
Address: 76 Egan Drive, Juneau, AK 99802, United States
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