Discovering Juneau’s Timeless Charms: A Journey through History with Alaska Shore Tours
Nestled amid the breathtaking landscapes of Alaska, Juneau beckons as a captivating haven for excited travelers embarking on Alaskan cruise tours. Proudly wearing the crown as the capital city of the Last Frontier, Juneau is more than just a pit stop—it’s a charming port city with a vibrant history.
Once a bustling mining and trade outpost, Juneau has gracefully evolved into a vital administrative center while retaining its enchanting allure. As you step off your ship, wander through the city’s labyrinth of streets adorned with 19th-century architecture, a testament to its rich heritage. Juneau pulses with the heartbeat of local life through its quaint mom-and-pop shops that add a touch of authenticity to the experience.
Travel back in time to explore the dazzling, ancient wonders of Juneau’s great outdoors. A kindred spirit to the untamed wilderness, Juneau invites adventurers to partake in traditional outdoor activities, unique to Alaskan culture enduring through the ages. Serving as a gateway to exhilarating experiences, prepare yourself for an adrenaline rush amid the pristine beauty of nature!
A perfect starting point for your adventure is Alaska Shore Tours’ Juneau helicopter tours. Soar above the ice, treating yourself to a bird’s-eye view of large glaciers and impressive views. What does it look like from up there? Picture the glistening blue and white expanses of the Juneau Icefield and imagine the sensational feeling it brings.
Among Juneau’s most awe-inspiring attractions is the majestic Mendenhall Glacier, a colossal remnant of the last ice age stretching approximately 13 miles across the Juneau Icefield, a sprawling 1,500 square miles in total. The panoramic views from this vantage point are nothing short of remarkable.
The Herbert Glacier is another marvel of the vast icefield you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of from up high. With forty large glaciers and about one hundred smaller ones, you definitely won’t miss any sight of the frosty landscapes below.
As you touch down on the glacier with your experienced pilot, friendly glacier guides await to welcome you to this frozen wonderland guiding you through the icy fields. Immerse yourself in the old remnants of the ice age, taking a stroll through the surreal landscape while your tour guides recount its history and essence.
For a unique and thrilling experience, swap the walk for Juneau dog sledding—a quintessential Alaskan activity dating back to 1908. Juneau dog sledding not only allows travelers to live like a local but also provides unparalleled views of the diverse landscape from a different perspective. Glide through the Tongass National Forest, where towering spruce and hemlock trees line the
trail, guided by a spirited team of huskies during their summer training regime, preparing for the annual winter race.
Become part of the pack as you meet and greet your furry guides and their dedicated mushers while exploring the dog camp. Feel free to ask the mushers all your questions as they present the historical narrative and current facts of mushing life as well as their dogs. Don’t forget to snap a photo with your team of guides in traditional Iditarod Trail gear on your way out.
For a closer encounter with the state’s living history, turn your attention to the traditional marine life of the city, jotting down Juneau whale watching in your itinerary. You’re sure to be impressed by having an authentic peek into Alaska’s wildlife. As 10% of the nation’s humpback whale population lives in the state’s capital during the summer season, sightings are always guaranteed!
Set off on your journey with your friendly captain from your ship’s dock, cruising through the Inside Passage. Although, given the substantial size of these striking creatures, they are unmissable against the backdrop of the ocean. However, that’s not all you’ll find on your route. Have your cameras ready while it’s common to spot bald eagles soaring overhead, orca tails splashing below and black bears roaming the shore.
After all the excitement, take a moment to explore the city built on years of history at your own pace, absorbing its charm and scenic vistas. Service centers with a wealth of information provide a perfect opportunity to personalize your trip while willing guides are at your disposal to answer your questions.
Canoe tours, trekking, ziplining, and more, Alaska Shore Tours offers excursions that fit every need. Whether you opt for Juneau whale watching, dog sledding, helicopter tours or a combination of all, it is your one-stop shop for the best taste of Juneau.
With seamless bookings, seasoned guides, and a return-to-ship guarantee, you can trust that you are in capable hands. The excellent guides at Alaska Shore Tours are ready to assist you along the way, ensuring a memorable and worry-free experience.
Book your excursion now and step into the historical nature of Juneau. Dive into its spirit—where every corner tells a story, every shop has character, and every outdoor escapade is a chance to create unforgettable memories against the backdrop of historical beauty.