Juneau Independent Shore Excursions

Overview

Juneau is the capital of the state of Alaska and the only US capital that is not connected to the rest of the state by roads. There are no roads connecting Juneau to the rest of Alaska Ė all travel to and from Juneau must be done by air or water. Juneau had a population of over 31,000 in the 2010 census.

What to See and Do

One of the most popular activities in Juneau is whale watching. Humpback whales are abundant in the Juneau area throughout the cruise ship season. In fact, whale sightings are common that many whale watching excursion companies offer a money-back guarantee if no whales are seen during your trip.

Taking a boat ride to view the Tracy Arm glacier is another popular Juneau activity. Itís a full day excursion but well worth the time. Getting up close to a glacier in a boat and watching/hearing the glacier calf are truly unforgettable experiences.

For a different glacier viewing experience check out the Mendenhall glacier. The glacier has pulled back significantly from the visitor center but itís still an impressive sight and is a 15 minute bus ride from Juneau.

History

Juneau started at a mining town and relatively quickly became a government seat. It was originally named Harrisburg, then Rockwell before being renamed Juneau after Joe Juneau in 1881. Sitka was the original capital of Alaska however with the decline of the whaling and fur trade Sitka became less important and the seat of government was moved to Juneau in 1906.

Weather

Average highs during the cruise ship season are in the low 60ís and average lows in the low 50ís. Precipitation is frequent with some rainfall on an average of a bit more than Ĺ of the summer days.