There is one fact about Juneau, Alaska, that will tell you all you need to know: It has more miles of hiking trails than paved roads within its city limits. And it is just this outdoorsy, adventurous spirit that lends Juneau its charm. It is a place where you can explore your outer limits, from those ubiquitous hiking trails to off-the-beaten-path restaurants and attractions that seem to be “locals only” secrets. Those locals will be happy to share, however, with some helpful directions or just a friendly smile and a handshake. (Here in the “Last Frontier,” a handshake is worth quite a bit.) And while it may not be Alaska’s largest city—that honor goes to Anchorage—it is the capital, with all the revelry and history that goes along with that. Start looking into Juneau hotels so that you can head “north to the future” … your future vacation, that is.
Deciding on your perfect accommodation can be the best part of planning your getaway, especially when you have Travelocity on your side. A stay near the airport is always convenient, and in Juneau, that puts you near plenty of other things to do, as well. At Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens and be sure to photograph the panoramic views of downtown Juneau. Further north, enjoy the stunning scenery of Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. This 13-mile-long glacier is one of the Juneau Icefield’s most famous, and you’ll find plenty of those hiking trails we mentioned earlier, as well as wildlife and the cascading Nugget Falls.
If you prefer to explore your new domain like a frontiersman in search of gold, perhaps a stay downtown would suit you. Stroll through the Chicken Ridge Historic District and imagine yourself making your home in its quaint bungalows and Craftsman cottages. Later, admire more than 15,000 Alaska Native artifacts and rare Russian objects at the Alaska State Museum. Its bronze, double-headed eagle emblem is one of only two in the entire world.
Do you know how “Alaskan king crab” got its name? It’s because here in Alaska’s capital, crab is king. In the summer months, Juneau is flush with fresh king crab, a rare find outside of the state. Served split with a side of coleslaw or fully in the shell with a tiny, long-stemmed fork for you to dig in, your taste buds will be delighted. Along with crab cakes, crab bisque, and just about anything else crab-related, this is one meal that’s worth the splurge. Not into shellfish? If there’s one thing Alaska does as well as king crab, it’s fish and chips with an ice-cold beer—and you can always find a good old-fashioned burger in town, as well.
It’s time to get inspired for your vacation to Juneau. Browse Travelocity’s excellent selection of cheap hotels in Juneau and you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Plus, you’ll have plenty of money left over for all the king crab you can eat. That’s what we call a winning combination.
Last Updated On March 10th 2017