Aerial view of Juneau

Juneau, AK and the surrounding area does not have the same reputation that the rest of Alaska does. It is closer to the continental United States, it is a much more settled area, and of course, it is the capitol.  This makes it seem a little passive compared to the rest of the state, but there really is plenty to do.

There is a huge industry of whale watching, glacier tours, hiking, rafting, all of the outdoors things you can imagine. The Juneau Ice field is a very popular attraction, with aerial tours available. However, there are also plenty of activities for the less outdoorsy. There are plenty of museums that explore the history of the area, and local films come out often, highlighting the local culture.

A great view of the wetlands

The Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, one of the nation’s premier wetland areas, is also just across the bay from Juneau.