Juneau is the capital of Alaska and the second largest city in the United States of America and has been capital since 1959 when Alaska was granted statehood. There are about 32,000 residents which increases in the summer months when the cruise ships visit.
There is much to do in Juneau.
Mount Roberts Tram
The Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway offers panoramic views of the city and Gastineau Channel. The bright red tram cars are individually painted with Tlingit artwork. A Tlingit host accompanies guests on the journey to the 18,00 foot level of Mount Roberts, offering insight to the culture. There’s a restaurant with food, hiking trails and gift shop and a nature reserve. One of the most visited attractions. The Mount Roberts Trail was once named Father Brown’s Trail” after a Catholic Jesuit priest (Father Edward E.Brown) constructed the trail with a group of volunteers in 1908. Father Brown erected a large wooden cross on the ridge at that time. A replica of the cross stands there now.
Once you reach the top, there are many trails that you can hike;
- Alpine Loop Trail.
- Father Brown’s Cross.
- Gold Ridge
- Gastineau Peak.
- Mt Roberts Peak.
- Trail down to Basin Road.
Mendenhall Glacier is a glacier about 13.6 miles long located in Mendenhall Valley about 12 miles from downtown Juneau. It is retreating every year, 1.74 miles since 1929. There is also Nugget Falls and a variety of different trails to follow.
Myself and group of us hiked to Mendenhall Glacier and inside the glacier. It was a very hard hike and a good three miles.
Juneau is great for whale watching, so one morning myself and a friend went Whale Watching. It was raining all morning but that didn’t stop us or the whales from saying Hello. We took a coach to the boat and grabbed the boat at Auku Bay. On the way, we saw a bear crossing the street! Unfortunately I was unable to get photo but it was a very rare moment to see.
There was so much more to do which I just didn’t have the time for;
- Dog Sledding.
- Glacier Gardens Rainforest -here there is an upside down forest.
- Perservance Trail.
- Gold Creek Flume Trail.
- Eagle Beach.
- Treadwell Historic Mine Trail.
- Pack Creek.
- Montana Creek Trail.
In Juneau, There is this amazing place which sells crepes. It is great, sells a variety of different crepes. I chose Smores please and Pizza crepe.