Top 6 Things To Do In Juneau Alaska

Juneau Alaska

Juneau is located in southeast Alaska and is the capital of the state. The city is surrounded by water on three sides, which may be why it’s also called “The City of Lakes.” Juneau has a population of just under 30,000 people and while that doesn’t sound like many people to most Americans, it makes Juneau one of the most populated cities in Alaska. The city is the only one that can be reached by car or bus, in addition to ferry and plane, which makes it an important stop for travelers.

As summer approaches, Juneau is heating up with events that are sure to attract visitors of all kinds. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a quiet escape into nature, there’s something here for everyone.

This article will outline the top five things to do in Juneau this month. Enjoy!

1. Sitka Cruiseship Days
Sitka Cruiseship Days is the longest-running tall ship festival in Sitka, drawing hundreds of visitors to The Port of Sitka annually. Visitors should expect plenty of live music, arts and crafts booths, historical tours, children’s games, and activities, food vendors, and more. Cruise ships will be arriving throughout the day with passengers eager to explore nearby Crescent Harbor.

2. Juneau Jazz & Classics Music Festival
This three-day music festival in Juneau, Alaska will feature world-renown musicians in a variety of genres. The lineup includes the Sax Pack – featuring David Sanborn, Eric Marienthal, and Rick Braun; Annie Sellick; Mindi Abair; Peter White; Jeff Kashiwa; and Ruth Hoffman.

3. Gold Rush Days
Gold Rush Days is a month-long celebration of Juneau’s early days as a mining town, in the year 1898. Visitors can expect a variety of events throughout the city, including historical tours, cooking demonstrations, Native American dances and stories, gold panning contests, and more.

4. Handcuff Days
Handcuffer Days is a month-long celebration of all things handcuff-related in Juneau, Alaska. This family-friendly festival features activities like the Great Handcuff Escape and the Scared Straight program (for anyone 18 and under). For more information on this year’s lineup, check out their Facebook page.

5. Outdoor Adventure Expo
The Outdoor Adventure Expo is a three-day event in Juneau, Alaska that offers one-stop shopping for all your outdoor adventure needs. Visitors can expect to find an array of local artists and craft persons selling handmade wares, demonstrations from many companies showing off their gear, information booths including the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and free activities for all ages.

6. Mendenhall Glacier
Travelers who are curious about what the glacier looks like are able to take a shuttle that goes right up next to it. The views are impressive, and this is also an area where you can see bears if you’re lucky. Juneau has many native species of wildlife, so seeing animals isn’t uncommon at all.

We hope you’ll join us this summer for a trip to Juneau! We’re always happy to help book an Alaskan cruise or plan a custom Alaska vacation.

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