Juneau and Area Activities
Spuhn Island lies just offshore from Juneau, Alaska’s state capital. Built on a narrow shelf between Mt. Juneau and
the Gastineau Channel, Juneau is Alaska’s 3rd largest city and offers a large array of exciting shopping, entertainment
and tourist experiences. Named after prospector Joe Juneau, it was one of the first towns founded in Alaska after the
U.S. purchased the land from Russia in 1867 for the sum of $7 million dollars.
Juneau is home to the Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska’s most popular natural attraction. Here, visitors come face to face
with a 200 ft. tall glacier that spans one and a half miles across. The famous Chilkoot and White Pass trails, made
famous during the 1897 Gold Rush, are also nearby. Visitors can travel through a restored Gold Rush town and learn
about the Gold Rush’s impact on Alaskan history.
For those with a taste for skiing, Eaglecrest Ski Area is located on Douglas Island, 7 miles from downtown Juneau.
Rated as one of the top 5 areas in the world for boundless skiing by Powder Magazine, Eaglecrest has a vast amount
of terrain to keep skiers continuously entertained, and contains both groomed and ungroomed trails for skiers of all
abilities. For a different way to view winter scenery, many nearby outfitters offer dog sledding trips that range from an
hour to a full day’s mush.
Sport fishing is a major area pastime. Alaska offers some of the best saltwater and freshwater fishing, fly-fishing and
ice fishing in North America. Getting to fishing spots is easy: with over 3 million lakes in the state, over 3,000 rivers,
and with the largest unspoiled coastline in the United States, the options are endless. The Juneau area is particularly
famous for its saltwater fishing of king salmon, silver salmon, pink salmon and halibut. Enthusiasts can fish from shore,
a chartered boat, or take a quick trip inland to try their hand at fly-fishing -- whatever they desire!
The Juneau area offers an enormous variety of hiking options for those that like to get out and explore. The peak of
Mt. Roberts is accessible from the city by Tram, and numerous trails are open during the summer hiking season.
Bordered by the Tongass National Forest, there are dozens of trails that lead to spectacular views of mountains,
meadows, coastline, rivers, streams, waterfalls and other natural attractions. Hike to glaciers, view whales during
migration, or bird watch. A large number of outdoor activities are easily accessible!
Juneau also serves as a busy cruise ship port and as a result, many other activities are offered in the immediate area
including boating, camping, hunting, kayaking, diving, rafting, biking and climbing. Fishing and helicopter tours over
Southeast Alaska’s famous ice fields are also available. Witness firsthand the power of dozens of enormous glaciers
shaping and forming the land!
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