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About Juneau

Juneau is the second largest city in the United States-not in population, but in geographic area covering more than 7,770sq km (3,000 sq miles). The city was named after gold prospector Joe Juneau, who along with Richard Harris, discovered gold there in 1880.

Alaska’s capital city lies along a narrow strip of land between the beautiful Gastineau Channel with snowcapped Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts as a backdrop.


The Juneau area is paradise for outdoor enthusiasts with wildlife viewing, sport fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, dog sledding and glacier flight seeing. Humpback whales, killer whales, porpoise, eagles and sea lions can be spotted in the water surrounding the city. Bus tours departing from the cruise ship dock cover points of interest in Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier and the Chapel-by-the-Lake at Auke Lake.

• Alaska State Museum (
• Macaulay Salmon Hatchery (
• Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center (
• Mount Roberts Tramway (
• Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church (

Tourist information:

Travel Juneau
800 Glacier Avenue, Suite 201, Juneau, Alaska, 99801 USA
Tel: +1 907 586 1737.

Shopping introduction:

Gold nugget jewellery; items carved from ivory and jade; handmade clothing and toys; items made from skin, fur or bone; and woven baskets of beach grass, bark and baleen. Native sea-oil candles, beaded mittens, fur mukluks (boots) and miniature hand-carved totem poles are also popular souvenirs.


Salmon, halibut and crab are popular menu items. Clam chowder is another favourite. Alaskan delicacies include smoked salmon, wild berry products and reindeer sausage.

When to go:

May through September is the most popular time to visit.

Nearest destination:


Transfer distance:

1.6km (1 mile).

Transfer time:

5 minutes.