Juneau roundup

In Adventure, Alaska Travelgram by scott


It’s another glorious day in Southeast Alaska. We flew to Juneau from Seattle on Alaska Airlines for a big adventure. Here’s a beautiful shot from across the Gastineau Channel by Dana White:

Whatever you have planned in the area, take a day or two to explore Alaska’s Capital City. There’s lots to do.

First, get high on the Mt. Roberts Tram. Catch the tram right downtown at the cruise ship terminal. It’s a  quick ride up to the roundhouse at 1,800 feet, where there’s a restaurant, gift shop and trail map. You can take a number of hiking loops, anywhere from one to two miles–or head up to the top of Mt. Roberts. The views are incredible. Get Gastineau Guiding to take you on a guided nature hike. 

Visit Mendenhall Glacier–it is a short drive from the airport. Liz Stahl took this photo:

Or, for a knock-your-socks-off adventure, get the chopper to take you up there. Several companies, including Era Helicopters and TEMSCO Helicopters, can take you up to a glacier to you can play on the ice and do some incredible flightseeing!

On the water, you can go fishing, or go whalewatching. Gastineau Guiding also offers up-close whalewatching. The giant sea mammals are all around Juneau. Cam Byrnes captured this image:

Our adventure? We’re headed up the Taku River for a couple of nights in a Forest Service cabin near the Taku Glacier. Pictures and full report to follow. Then, off on the Alaska Marine Highway! Can’t wait!

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