アラスカで最も美しい街と言われる首都ジュノー。街の中心部はジュノー山とロバーツ山を抱え込み、 迷路のように絡み合った狭い路地には、金発掘時代の遺物として残存されている19世紀初期の建築物や古い店舗、そして住宅等、様々な建築物が並んでいます。水辺には クルーズ船, 漁船や水上飛行機が行き来し、コースト・レンジ山脈から延びた氷河の先端は、海に向かっています。
この地域で唯一の4車線道路であるイーグル・ドライブは ダウンタウンから北に向かいメンデンホール・バレーへと至る道です。有名なメンデンホール氷河の入り口までは車で行くことができ、メンデンホール湖へ流れ出す氷河を見ることが出来ます。メンデンホール氷河は3840㎢のジュノー氷原を源とする３８の主要氷河の一つです。 グレイシャー・ハイウェイから、または遊覧飛行ツアーで空から 数多くの氷河を見ることが出来ます。ほとんどのヘリコプター遊覧ツアーでは、氷河への着陸を果たした後、氷河トレッキングや犬ゾリなどを楽しむこともできます。ホエール・ウォッチングでは、トド、イルカ、ザトウクジラ、シャチ等、様々な海洋生物の姿を目にすることができます。
インサイド・パッセージには 毎年、多くのザトウクジラがやって来ます。オキアミやニシンを餌とするこの巨大海洋生物は、バブルネットというユニークな捕獲法（クジラが 群れを作って泡を吹き、魚をその中に囲み込む方法）で、餌の捕獲にあたります。ジュノーには60頭あまりのザトウクジラが毎年訪れますので、ホエール・ウォッチングでクジラが見える確率は高いのですが、見られなかった場合には、参加費を返金するサービスを行っている会社もあります。
Alaska State Capitol
The Alaska State Capitol was built from 1929-31 and originally served as the territorial federal building. Today it houses the legislative chambers, the governor's office, and offices for staff members who arrive in Juneau for the January-April legislative session. Free 30-minute tours are held every half-hour and start from the visitor desk in the lobby; a self-guided tour pamphlet is also available.
Alaska State Museum
The outstanding Alaska State Museum is the home to more than 23,000 artifacts, works of fine art and natural history and artifacts from Alaska's six major indigenous groups. The most intriguing exhibit, ‘Art of Survival,’ shows how Alaska Natives have turned living in a hostile land into an art form with a display of items, ranging from waterproof gut parkas and a century-old umiaq skin boat to fishing rods.
The top floor is devoted to the state's Russian period and major gold strikes while connecting the two is a circular ramp that winds around the museum's most popular exhibit: an impressive diorama of a full-size eagle's nest in a two-story high tree. If the kids are tagging along, the museum has an interactive children’s room where they can play.
Eaglecrest Ski Area
Located on Douglas Island, Eaglecrest Ski Area
is one of the only municipally run downhill ski areas in the country. Eaglecrest features 640 acres of open-tree terrain with 31 alpine runs, three double chairlifts, eight kilometers of Nordic trails and a terrain park. A comfortable and roomy day lodge includes a rental and repair shop, cafeteria and day lockers. During the summer, visitors return to enjoy one of Juneau’s zip lines.
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure
This 50-acre garden includes ponds, waterfalls and lots of ferns and flowers on the side of Thunder Mountain. At Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure visitors hop on motorized carts for a guided tour of the gardens and end up at a viewing point almost 600 feet up the mountain.
Along Calhoun Avenue is the pillared Governor's House, a Greek-Revival-style home that’s easily the most impressive house in Juneau. Built and furnished in 1912 at a cost of $44,000, the mansion is not open to the public but is a popular spot for photos.
Historic South Franklin Street
Just a block from the waterfront is Historic South Franklin Street, a refurbished historical district where many buildings date from the early 1900s and have since been turned into bars, gift shops and restaurants. Nearby is delightful Marine Park where state workers enjoy a sack lunch and tired tourists occasionally take a nap in the sun. Spotting scopes here let visitors search Mount Juneau for mountain goats and an interpretive display provides tips on how to spot them.
Juneau Douglas City Museum
The Juneau Douglas City Museum focuses on gold with interesting mining displays and the excellent documentary video, “Juneau: City Built On Gold,” that focuses on the early history of the city. The museum's seven-foot-long relief map gives visitors a good sense of the rugged terrain that surrounds Alaska’s state capital while local art and displays on Juneau’s maritime history round out the exhibits.
Last Chance Mining Museum
A beautiful half-mile walk along Basin Road from downtown Juneau is the intriguing Last Chance Mining Museum. The former Alaska-Juneau Gold Mining Company complex is now a museum where you can view the remains of the compressor house and examine tools of what was once the world's largest hard-rock gold mine. There is also a recreated mining tunnel and a 3-D glass map of shafts that shows just how large it was. Combine the museum with a hike on nearby Perseverance Trail to more mining ruins and make an afternoon of it.
Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
Visitors and especially kids love the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. The hatchery has huge seawater aquariums loaded with local marine life, from tanner crabs to octopus, while the interpretive displays explaining the life cycle of salmon are museum quality. An underwater viewing window and a 450-foot fish ladder allow children to witness, from July to September, the amazing the sight of thousands of salmon fighting their way upstream to spawn.
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
Juneau’s most popular attraction is Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska’s famous drive-in glacier. The river of ice flows 12 miles from its source, the Juneau Icefield, and has a 1.5-mile-wide face. On a sunny day it’s beautiful, with blue skies and snowcapped mountains in the background. On a cloudy and drizzly afternoon, it can be even more impressive, as the ice turns shades of deep blue.
Near the face of the glacier is the USFS Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, which houses various glaciology exhibits, a large relief map of the icefield, an observatory with telescopes and a theater that shows the film, “Magnificent Mendenhall.” Outside you’ll find black bear and salmon-viewing platforms overlooking Steep Creek, as well as six hiking trails, ranging from a 0.3-mile photo-overlook trail to a trek of several miles up the glacier’s west side.
Mount Roberts Tramway
From the heart of Juneau, visitors can soar to new heights with a ride on the Mount Roberts Tramway
. Gondolas carry visitors above the city where spectacular scenery, Native culture and art, and even shopping and dining awaits them. Most of all the tramway provides easy access to great hiking above the tree line for a better view.
Founded in 1979 and located in Douglas, Perseverance Theatre is Alaska’s only full-time professional theater company. Among the plays that premiered at the Perseverance was “The Mineola Twins” in 1996. It went on to gain national acclaim and win playwright Paula Vogel a Pulitzer Prize. The theater season runs from September to May.
Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
Built in 1893 against the backdrop of Mount Juneau, the onion-domed Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church is the oldest original and continuously used church in the Inside Passage. From a small gift shop filled with nesting dolls and other handcrafted items from Russia, you enter the church where, among the original vestments and religious icons, a row of painted saints stare down at you. Playing softly in the background are the chants from a service.
Juneau has several salmon bakes that provide great food with an outdoor experience conveying the flavor of frontier Alaska. Most offer an all-you-can-eat dinner of grilled salmon, halibut and ribs along with a salad bar, corn, baked beans and, just in case you’re still hungry, dessert. Some double up as a salmon bake and flightseeing tour to view glaciers on the way to dinner.
Both day trips and extended sea kayak outings are possible out of Juneau with companies offering rentals for those who arrive without a boat. Easy trips include Mendenhall Lake, where kayakers paddle among the icebergs in this relatively calm body of water, and around the islands of Auke Bay. Longer trips range from Taku Inlet for close views of Taku Glacier to the protected waters of Berners Bay, where kayakers can reserve and stay in U.S. Forest Service cabins.
Sealaska Heritage Institute
The panels on the outside of Sealaska Heritage Institute's Walter Soboleff Building in downtown Juneau evoke a traditional bentwood box, celebrating Haida formline design. Inside, the Institute is home to the largest installation of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian art in Alaska.
Shrine of Saint Therese
Located out the road from Juneau, at Mile 23.3 Glacier Highway, is the Shrine of Saint Therese, a natural stone chapel on an island connected to the shore by a stone spit. Stations of the cross and a small stone church sit on the small island. Church-owned cabins are available for rent on the shore nearby.
Tracy Arm Cruises
Tracy Arm is sheer-sided fjord, 50 miles southeast of Juneau, with a pair of tidewater glaciers at the head of it and a gallery of icebergs floating down its length. The fjord is a designated federal wilderness and a boat cruise to it makes a fascinating day trip from Juneau. You're almost guaranteed to see seals inside the arm, and you might spot whales on the way there. Pack a jacket and binoculars to look for a wide array of wildlife, from bald eagles to orcas. Two thundering glaciers and all those icebergs provide a breathtaking scene.
Whale Watching Tours
The humpback whale watching in nearby Lynn Canal is so good that some tour operators will refund your money if you don't see at least one. Whale watching tours depart from Auke Bay and most tours last three to four hours.
Zip Line Tours
Surrounded by mountains and towering rainforests, Juneau was made for zip lines. Operators are more than happy to harness you up and let you fly through 100-foot trees like an eagle looking for a salmon. The wild adventures include everything from sky bridges zigzagging across a stream to a 40-foot rappel down a Sitka spruce.