Cheap Flights to Juneau, Alaska
- Area City & Borough : 8,430.4 km² (3,255.0 sq. mi)
- Area Code : 907
- Currency : US Dollar ($)
- Population City & Borough : 32,756 (Est. 2015)
- Official Language : English + 20 Alaska Native languages
- Time Zones : AKST (UTC-9) Summer (DST) AKDT (UTC-8)
- Airports : Juneau International Airport (JNU)
Juneau International Airport is a city owned airport located seven miles from the city centre. To get from the airport passengers can take a taxi, bus or hire a vehicle. As the city’s bus system isn’t that great, the best solution is a taxi or hiring a vehicle.
Travellers can fly from Cape Town, South Africa to Juneau with the following airlines:
- British Airways, Alaska (via London, Seattle, Ketchikan) 1d 11h+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 1d 11h+
- Delta (via Seattle) 1d 11h+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 1d 12h+
- Condor (via Frankfurt) 1d 14h+
- Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) 1d 14h+
- American (via Chicago) 1d 14h+
Airlines touching down at Juneau International Airport include the above and others:
- Korean Air
Reasons to Visit Juneau, Alaska
- Isolated in unsurpassed natural beauty, Juneau is capital to Alaska and named after gold prospector Joe Juneau. Nestled at the base of the 3,819 foot Mt. Roberts, the only access to Alaska’s most beautiful city is by plane or boat that sees millions of visitors disembarking annually from cruise ships.
- The Gastineau Channel was a popular fishing spot for the Auke and Taku tribes who inhabited the neighbouring areas for thousands of years, long before Europeans settled. The 1880’s gold rush had the town developing and in 1906, Juneau was made the territorial capital.
- Juneau has oodles of attractions but for outdoor enthusiasts it’s a wonderland of mammoth glaciers, salmon-rich streams, mountains and rainforests. Sight whales (May to September), bears, porcupine, mountain goats climbing the face of Mt. Juneau, bald eagles gliding above. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, fishing, kayaking, rafting and diving. With over 250 miles of splendid hiking trails to take pleasure in, add a night or two under the stars camping.
- The city’s historic downtown district affords olden gold rush-era saloons, hotels and Victorian houses. Experience the gold rush feeling with a tour down a mine shaft. Stroll through the waterfront that bustles with fishing boats, floatplanes and cruise ships. Take home an impressive natural landscape from one of many galleries located around the city or for a unique piece of jewellery, visit The Jade Shop or the Jewel Box.
- For accommodation visitors have choices of large hotels, wilderness lodges, boutique inns, B&Bs, backpackers, RV Parks and some of the best camping sites in the state. The city’s biggest and grandest hotel, the Westmark Baranof Hotel is located on Franklin Street while the 1913 Alaskan Hotel and Bar is Juneau’s oldest. Perfect for families is the Eagle Beach State Recreation Area campground or the Auke Village Recreation Area that affords access to the beach.
When to Go to Juneau, Alaska
For low prices on airfares and accommodation and fewer crowds, the ideal time to visit Juneau is during the off-season from September through April.
The best time is between May and August with long sunny days, masses of cruise ship passengers and high prices.
Places to Visit in Juneau, Alaska
- A must experience is the Goldbelt Mt. Roberts Tramway, one of the world’s most vertical that operates from May through September. Experience exhilaration as you rise 1,800 feet, move through a rain forest and enjoy spectacular views of the Gastineau Channel and Juneau. Located on Mt. Roberts is the Juneau Raptor Centre, dedicated to local birds and the Nature Centre that offers related gifts, books and maps, relaxation with a cup of cider and great trail information for hikers. Hungry visitors can dine with a view at The Timberline Atop Mt. Roberts that offers a variety of delicious meals and homemade desserts with live music and locally brewed beer. Tickets are purchased from the Tramway Station at 490 S Franklin Street. Minors five years and younger travel for free.
- Enjoy a service at the charming 1893 St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church before learning more of its history.
- The Juneau-Douglas City Museum affords insight into the life of pioneers and the history of local minding. Watch the video Juneau: City Built on Gold and if you’re a hiker, take advantage of the seven-foot relief map to get a good idea of the surrounding terrain. To view a large collection of Alaskan native artefacts, books and film collections visit the Alaska State Museum. Watching over Juneau is Wickersham State Historical Site preserving the 1898 habitat of statesman and pioneer judge, James Wickersham. It’s one of the city’s oldest Victorian houses.
- The 160-acre Auke Lake just 10 miles northwest of the city is picturesque and perfect for tranquillity. The Auke Lake Trail affords access to Spaulding Meadows, a superb spot for Nordic skiing in winter. The trail provides vistas of Admiralty Island, the Chilkat Mountains and Gastineau Channel with great opportunities for birders.
- Watch the process of harvesting and fertilising salmon eggs at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery that incubates around 150 million chum, king salmon and pink coho annually. Mid-June to October affords sights of salmon swimming up a 450ft fish ladder for sorting and unzipping by workers removing the eggs.
- The Rainforest Trail located at the end of the North Douglas highway is a short half-mile trail that leads to the north end of Douglas Island and is wheelchair friendly. From the small beach take in wonderful views and look out for occasional humpback whales.
- Eagle Beach is one of the best places to sight bald eagles where they perch on rocks and in trees, always on the look-out for washed-up salmon. It’s also great for picnicking or beachcombing.
- From May to September, enjoy the wheelchair friendly 1.25 mile Adventure Flow Historical Juneau Walking Tour that takes around two hours affording an interesting account of Juneau’s history up to present day and ends off with an Alaskan beer tasting experience. Tours depart from the bus pick-up near Mt. Roberts Tram.
- The Gold Creek Salmon Bake affords more than a great meal. It’s a pleasurable two-hour tour-plus-feast that takes you to Salmon Creek Waterfall where (in season) you see the fish spawning, view the old Wagner Mine shaft, close to where gold was discovered in 1880 and try your hand at panning gold. End off in a lush forest with a scrumptious (all-you-can-eat) meal of Alaskan wild salmon, grilled to perfection over an alder wood fire, while listening to the sounds of nature and folk music. Tours take place from early May to late September, take your camera and a rain jacket (in case).
- Enjoy a drink with history. Located at 241 Front Street, The Missouri was the city’s first bar that opened in 1891. Now called the Imperial Bar it still has its original pressed tin walls and ceiling from 1906. The Alaskan Hotel & Bar, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites is close to the waterfront at 167 South Franklin while further up at 278, the Red Dog Saloon displays some interesting memorabilia.
- For the best coffee, pop into a Gourmet Coffee shop and don’t forget to try their delicious home-made scones. Celebrated for juicy seafood, Tracy’s King Crab Shack is relaxed, casual and notorious for its enormous buckets of King and Dungeness crab. For superb seafood and a fabulous view, the Twisted Fish Co. Alaskan Grill is located close to the cruise ships and overlooks the Gastineau Channel and next door, you’ll find the best smoked salmon at Taku Smokeries. Saffron on Franklin Street cooks up wonderfully authentic Indian meals and for a great burger stop at the Front Street Café.
Getting Around Juneau, Alaska
Capital Transit, the public bus system doesnt reach the ferry terminal and stops a mile before the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre and there are no scheduled services to the ferry terminal in Auke Bay, 14 miles from the city centre.
There are several taxi operators available that include Glacier Taxi and Tours, Evergreen Taxis and Capital Cab.
To see sights outside the city, hiring a vehicle is the best solution. Rental companies include Juneau Car Rental, Avis and Budget.
This is one place where it’s still safe and acceptable to hitchhike.