Small Town Meets Capitol City: Juneau, Alaska

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  • Juneau

  • Alaska

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Mountains

  • Sightseeing

  • Entertainment

cable car above a city with a wide canal and mountain range
Fora’s Take

Juneau is a truly unique city situated at the base of Mount Juneau and across the Gastineau Channel to Douglas Island. In additional to its stunning natural beauty, it also boasts a quaint downtown area with charming shops and restaurants.

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Things to do in Juneau, Alaska

massive glacier with tourists walking at the base


If you're looking for some once in a lifetime views, look no further than Juneau's many trails. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just getting started, there's truly something for everybody. Our favorite is the West Glacier Trail, a 4 mile out and back trail that brings you along Mendenhall Lake and through the forest. It's a trek, but the views at the end are more than worth it!


Calling all thrill seekers! Alpine Adventures offers a zipline adventure through the forest on Douglas Island. We can say from experience there's no cooler way to explore the outdoors than to (literally) fly through them. They also let you try your hand at axe throwing at the end!

Places to eat & drink in Juneau, Alaska

bright green foliage on a river town

Twisted Fish Company Alaskan Grill: A casual fine dining experience with a surf and turf menu.

Alaskan Crepe Escape: Great for lunch or a quick bite.

Red Dog Saloon: A quirky, historic pub. If you're looking for a good time with locals and visitors alike, this is your spot!

Tracy's King Crab Shack: Known for their Jumbo King Crab legs!

Need to Know

For more travel inspo, check out Fora Travel Advisor Susan Anderson's guide, 4-Day Itinerary in Seward: Alaska's Gateway to the Kenai Fjords.

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