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  • Attractions


    Alaska State Museum
    The museum first opened as a territorial museum in 1900. It has a wildlife exhibit, an extensive collection of artifacts reflecting the state's Russian history and Native cultures, antiques, art and natural history displays. (395 Whittier Street).
    Davis Log Cabin Visitors Center
    The main visitor's center is a replica of Juneau's first school. You can pick up walking tour maps of the downtown area. The Log Cabin is located at the intersection of 3rd Street & Seward Street. Smaller information kiosks are located at the Marine Oak and at the airport.
    Situated just three miles north of downtown, the hatchery is a fine place to learn about salmon and commercial fishing. As salmon fight their way up a fish ladder, you can stand behind an underwater window and witness this mystery of nature. You can watch the whole process of harvesting and fertilizing salmon eggs. There is also a gift shop selling salmon products. A nominal fee is charged for the tour.
    Governor's Mansion
    One of Alaska's few examples of colonial architecture, the mansion was built in 1912 and houses Alaska's first family. The mansion is accented by a totem pole, which was presented to the Governor as a gift by the Tlingit Indians.
    From its golden beginnings to statehood, this museum highlights the development of the city. Here, you will find displays featuring fishing, mining, marine and frontier history. The museum also specializes in programs and displays geared toward children. There is a small admission fee of $3 (4th and Main street).
    Marine Park
    Just down from the ferry dock you will find the Marine Park. Here you will find a sculpture commemorating Juneau's Gold Rush era. In the summer months, free concerts take place every Friday evening.
    Mendenhall Glacier
    A mere 13 miles from downtown Juneau is the Mendenhall Glacier. This is Alaska's famous drive-in glacier. The glacier flows 12 miles from its source, the Juneau Ice Field, and has a 1.5 mile face. The US Forest Service has a visitor center with a variety of exhibits relating to the glacier. Nearby hiking trails offer magnificent views of the glacier itself. (Located at the end of Mendenhall Glacier Spur Road).
    The Mount Roberts Tramway, which whisks visitors up 2000 feet to the center above, links Juneau's waterfront district to the alpine reaches of Mount Roberts. At the top you will find a restaurant & bar, gift shop, museum, a small theater featuring cultural film shows, a series of nature trails and a magnificent panoramic view of the Gastineau Channel, Admiralty Island, the Glacier Bay area and the Chilkat Mountains.
    St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church
    Built in 1894, this tiny octagonal church is the oldest original Russian church in Alaska. It was built by local Tlingits who, under pressure from the government to convert to Christianity, chose the only faith that allowed them to keep their native language. Be sure to go inside and view icons and religious treasures dating back to the 1700s. Informal tours are conducted in the summer months. This is one of Juneau's most photographed buildings.
  • Shopping


    South Franklin Street
    South Franklin Street in Juneau is a shop-a-holic's dream. With an amazing variety of merchandise, from Native handicrafts and hand knit sweaters to Made-in-China Alaskan trinkets and souvenirs, you will find something for every taste and pocketbook.
    Annie Krail's Fine Art and Craft Gallery
    This shop sells whimsical art, jewelry and trinkets. Located at 244 Front Street, which is just off of South Franklin Street.
    Decker Gallery
    Here, you can find prints by one of Alaska's best known artists, Rie Muñoz. Her works are characterized by her use of bright colors, stylized designs and the occasional featuring of Native Alaskans. (233 South Franklin Street).
    The Russian Shop
    For items reflecting Alaska's 18th and 19th century Russian heritage, you need not go any further. This shop sells everything that is Russian, including samovars, nesting dolls and lacquered boxes. (389 South Franklin Street).
    Purchase packaged fish in this deli-style gift shop after viewing the smoking process through large windows. If you can't carry all you want, they will be happy to ship fish home for you. (550 South Franklin Street).
    Wm. Spear Designs Gallery
    Pins are the name of the game here. These colorful enameled pins range from the witty, creative and amusing to the, dare we say it, sometimes perverse. (165 South Franklin
  • Activities
    Hiking Trails
    One of Juneau's top attractions is its hiking trails. Surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, you'll feel as if you are in hiker's paradise. If the wilderness is calling you and you would like a little exercise, you can't beat the vistas on these trails. All the information and trail maps you will need is available at the Log Cabin Visitor's Center.
    Rafting and Kayaking
    Venture on a rafting and kayaking trip down the Mendenhall River or an all-day sea kayaking adventure.
    Rain Forest Nature Hike
    Take an easy 3 hour hike through the world's largest temperate rain forest. The trails are made of wooden planks so the not-so-sure-footed need not worry. The lush vegetation, tall trees, babbling brooks and bogs as well as beaches and wonderful views of Glacier Bay make this hike well worth taking. There's also a good chance that you'll see some wildlife along the way
  • Wildlife
    The wildlife viewing around Juneau is one of which is the most spectacular in the world. Whales, brown bears and eagles are just minutes away. Take a wildlife viewing tour and you will get close to black bears, dall porpoises, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, mountain goats and Sitka black tail deer. Approximately 600 humpback whales inhabit the waters of the northern Inside Passage. The area is also home to approximately 20,000 bald eagles. This is an amazing number, considering the fact that the human population in the same area is only 70,000. 
  • History
    A Short History of Juneau
    The Gastineau Channel area, which originally was the fishing grounds for local Tlingit Indians, came to the fore in the late 1800s when a Tlingit named Kowee, of the Auk Tlingit Tribe, provided gold ore samples to George Pitz, a Sitka engineer. Pitz then grubstaked prospectors Richard Harris and Joseph Juneau. They found plenty of gold in Gold Creek. It wasn't until they were urged onward by Kowee did they follow the gold to its source. The result of their findings was the mother lode, bringing on a stampede! This was the discovery that resulted in the founding of Juneau.

    Juneau grew from a boomtown to a center for large-scale hard-rock mining. On the mainland side of the channel, two great mills were created: The Alaska-Juneau and the Alaska-Gastineau, and on Douglas Island, the world renowned Treadwell Gold Mining Company founded. Treadwell production peaked in 1915. Two years later, a cave-in flooded three of the four mines, putting an end to the Treadwell era. In 1921, the Alaska-Gastineau mill folded due to high costs and Alaska-Juneau mill was halted by the war in 1944.

    Juneau became the capital of Alaska, resulting from the government moving from Sitka in 1906. Today, federal, state and local government employs half of the population of Juneau. The largest private employer is tourism, which continues to grow. Mining and commercial fishing also contribute to the local economy.
  • More Information
    Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau Official Web site. Visit the media center for Fun Facts and an image gallery of Juneau, Alaska.
    Visit the official Web site of the city of Juneau, Alaska's state capital. Browse through a detailed directory of local services and attractions.
    View 360-degree virtual tours of some great attractions in Juneau, including the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church.