Alaska’s capital city boats everything you envision about the state’s natural beauty: snow-capped mountain peaks, immense glaciers, and a wide array of wildlife. Whether you’re interested in nature and wildlife outings, exploring the local art and culture, understanding Juneau’s rich historical background, or all of the above, there is no shortage of sites to explore in Alaska’s capital. To help you plan your visit, below are five Juneau landmarks that you will not want to miss!
Juneau has countless scenic areas where visitors can experience breathtaking Alaskan landscapes. The Mendenhall Glacier, for instance, spans over twelve miles — from the Juneau Icefield to Mendenhall Lake. Tourists can explore the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center free of charge and learn about this unique and spectacular region. Rangers also monitor the visitor center and are available to answer questions about the glacier and the wildlife that inhabit the area. During your visit, make sure you also see the breathtaking Nugget Falls — a 377 foot tall waterfall that cascades into Mendenhall Lake.
Mount Roberts is just east of downtown Juneau, making it easily accessible to visitors. In fact, the trailhead is located just after the trestle bridge on Basin Creek Road, making it very easy to locate. The mountain is 3,819 feet in elevation, which certainly makes it a challenging climb, but the initial ascent is much more benign than its counterpart, Mount Juneau.
The total length of the climb amounts to approximately five miles. There is a steady rock incline, which makes this trail both challenging an invigorating. You will certainly feel accomplished once you make it to the top!
For those unable to complete the full hike, there is the Mount Roberts Tramway, which transports tourists from sea level to 1800 feet up the mountain. Taking the Tramway is also a wonderful experience and a more leisurely way to take in the beautiful views awaiting you at the top of the mountain.
Alaska State Capital
Immerse yourself in the rich, local history of Juneau at the Alaska State Capitol. From May through September guided tours are available to provide you with more information about Alaska and its government.