The city of Juneau is truly spectacular and one of the only cities in the United States that cannot be accessed in or out by road. It’s one of the world’s most intriguing destination, as the area revolves entirely around its stunning nature and the waters of Gastineau Channel. Juneau is the Alaskan capital and full of exciting diverse contrasts, with a bustling city life whilst boasting a charming combination of western commercialisation and Alaskan traditions. It is this enchanting combination that makes the destination so unique. Upon arrival into Juneau the location almost feels like a frontier but in fact is actually a truly welcoming, spectacular place to visit aboard an Alaskan cruise.
Not only is Juneau an exciting destination for scenery and historical heritage but it is also a wonderfully fun, relaxed place to visit. The fascinating sites combine brilliantly with the modern day city treats including fantastic shopping opportunities. This is also the ideal place to enjoy adrenaline pumping excitement and many cruise lines will offer a variety of sporting orientated excursions. Experiences often include sea kayaking in the intimate bays or even a famous drive-up glacier opportunity. A once in a lifetime opportunity comes in the form of a dogsled experience combined with the chance to soak up the local scenery aboard your very own helicopter ride, that has taken the Alaskan cruise experience by storm. The chance to do such an outstanding tour is truly amazing. During the dogsled experience you will meet 250-300 friendly Alaskan huskies before heading off for a journey across a remarkable glacier. An alternative to dog sledding would be to take in a flight where the Taku River becomes your own ‘runway’ as you land to enjoy the Taku Glacier Lodge.
Another area of distinction and again jam packed with entertainment is the awe inspiring Mendenhall Glacier. This unbelievable ice giant is the most accessible glacier in Alaska and boasts a remarkable sight. The glacier is situated just beyond the mountainous backdrop of this impeccable destination and portrays an astonishing ice mass. The exploration trails here are superb and offer a variety of different lengths, depending on how difficult you wish the trek to be. Mendenhall Glacier excursions are often combined with other festivities to enjoy the day. These often include a white whale watching experience or should you prefer you can sample the original salmon bake at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. For something more active and certainly adrenaline pumping then there’s always the chance to try a white water rafting experience. This opportunity provides unrivalled views of the glaciers and will be organised by a professional guide that will accompany you all the way. The beauty of such an experience here is that the Mendenhall Glacier rafting experience is suitable for all experience levels and actually offers a somewhat gentle challenge rather than the rough ride you might expect; perfect for taking in the sights.
The culinary flair here is amazing and there are many cruise lines that will provide the chance to experience a full flavoured Alaskan feast. The Alaskan-caught wild salmon is truly spectacular along with such specialities as Cheechako baked chicken; Chilkoot baked beans and White Pass pasta. The local cuisine is sublime so be sure to sample the sensational savours.
To try a treasure hunt of your own, head for Alaska's Gastineau Mill and pan for gold at this iconic location. You will travel through Juneau’s historic downtown before arriving at your destination to see if you can find your fortune. This tour is extremely fun for all ages and offers a detailed insight into the historic features of the area.
Juneau presents a wonderful opportunity to explore Alaska at its finest. This outstanding port of call provides an amazing choice of fabulous excursions no matter the cruise line you are travelling with. Juneau is a must see aboard an Alaskan sailing.