Alaska’s capital and third-largest city, Juneau is buffeted by towering, 3,800-foot-plus mountains on one side and the Gastineau Channel on the other. It’s situated in the heart of southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, and while there are only 45 miles of road in the Juneau area, residents and visitors are treated to over 130 miles of groomed hiking trails. Hop on a boat and the approximately 600 humpback whales that inhabit these northern Inside Passage waters every summer are only minutes away.
Because of Juneau’s location near the heart of southeast Alaska, the area offers convenient access to Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm Fjord, the Taku River, Admiralty Island and the Pack Creek Bear Preserve, as well as a host of secluded wilderness resorts. Outdoor enthusiasts will love Juneau’s fishing, hunting, camping, kayaking, rafting, biking and hiking opportunities, while Juneau flightseeing excursions present another chance to get out amongst the spectacular scenery. The marine angling environment in the region is flush with halibut, lingcod and rockfish and most Juneau-area streams host sea-run populations of Dolly Varden and Alaska’s coastal cutthroat trout, while a handful also offer the chance to chase steelhead in late April and May. All five of North America’s Pacific salmon species can be targeted in close proximity to Juneau, if not right in town itself, and the salmon-fishing action can be as scorching hot here as anywhere else in Alaska. Regardless of your choice, Juneau promises to enchant, and as a summertime Alaska destination, Juneau offers something for everyone.