Reachable only by boat or seaplane, Juneau is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and cruise-ship passengers alike. The Alaska state capital embraces the local community and culture while accommodating visitors with an array of activities to please all tastes.
JUNEAU: WHY GO?
As the United State’s second largest city by area, Juneau’s accessibility from major North American hubs may come as a surprise. Upon arrival, this destination offers a plethora of activities ranging from hiking, whale watching, glacier sightseeing to craft distillery tastings and restaurants featuring the local Alaskan seafood.
WHERE TO DRINK AND EAT
Historic downtown is the home to superb local drinking establishments. Juneau’s first distillery, Amalga Distillery produces unique spirits such as Juneauper gin. It is crafted in single batches from a select assortment of botanicals and a base distilled from Alaskan grain. If whiskey is your fancy, their Alaskan single malt whiskey, made in the Scottish tradition, but leveraging Alaskan barley, is scheduled for launch in 2020. The distillery is open every day from 1pm-8pm so there is no excuse to miss the treat of their craft cocktails.
For beer drinkers, Devil’s Club Brewing Company is a wonderful addition to Juneau founded in 2018 by three boys turning a dream into reality. While recently established, the brewery and taproom inhabit the 100-year Hellenthal building just steps from Amalga Distillery in the heart of downtown. Visitors can enjoy both traditional Belgian and contemporary American beer styles while taking in the local character of town. A rotating daily menu offers select assortment of appetizers and snacks including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
Twisted Fish Company is a great option for casual, fine dining with picturesque views of the Gastineau Channel and Douglas Island mountains. Check out Hangar on the Wharf to watch seaplanes land and grab a bite conveniently located within walking distance from downtown and the port.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Given the extraordinary natural habitat and immerse beauty of the area, there are a myriad of outdoor activities to suit all tastes. A guided hike to explore Mendenhall Glacier, in the Tongass National Forest, is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the environment – while burning some calories simultaneously. Our afternoon excursion with Gastineau Guiding Company was an experience of a lifetime.
For more information about Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau area overall, check out https://www.traveljuneau.com/