Juneau: Capital of Alaska

Alaska

Juneau is Alaska's capital and its third largest city. Its dramatic setting is on Gastineau Channel at the base of Mt. Roberts and its proximity to Mendenhall Glacier make Juneau a favorite stop.

Transportation
Juneau has two ferry terminals. The city terminal is right in town. Auke Bay Terminal is 15 miles northwest. A mini-bus meets the ferry at Auke Bay and provides inexpensive transport into town.

Accommodations
Juneau Hostel, 614 Harris Street, Juneau, AK 99801, (907) 586-9559, is a new facility ideal for the budget-minded traveler. The hostel features small dormitory-style rooms for men, women and families. There is a common area with fireplace, as well as laundry and cooking facilities.

Mullins House, 526 Seward Street, Juneau, AK 99801, (907) 586-3384, is a Bed and Breakfast in downtown Juneau, reasonably priced. The Victorian ambiance will charm you, and the special breakfasts will tempt you. It's a good base from which to visit galleries, restaurants and the theater.

Louie's Place, P.O. Box 704, Elfin Cove, Juneau, AK 99802, (907) 586-2032, is in the moderate price range. Discover the spirit of Alaska in the picturesque village of Elfin Cove. Relax on the porch swing, pick blueberries in the front yard and treat yourself to some of the best fishing in Alaska.

Tenakee Inn, 167 S. Franklin, Juneau, AK 99801, (907) 586-1000, is a beach-front Victorian near a natural hot spring. The inlet offers views of whales and seals, as well as good fishing. Hiking, hunting, kayaking and cycling are all available nearby. Moderately priced.

The Juneau Bed & Breakfast Association, (907) 586-2959, offers comfortable accommodations in various local houses at moderate prices.

Juneau Sightseeing Highlights

* Alaska State Museum: The museum has a large collection of Alaskan native artifacts. The upstairs exhibits are from the Russian period. Free.

* St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church: The stained glass and the icons evoke Russian times here. Small admission fee.

* Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center: What a sight! The Visitors' Center has films, slides, and a relief map of the area.

Restaurants

Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Fiddlehead Restaurant and Bakery features contemporary mediterranean cuisine served in a warm and delightful bistro type atmosphere. Di Sopra is located upstairs at the Fiddlehead and features Italian cuisine in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. Both restaurants have won a 2002 and 2003 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for their extensive wine lists.

Armadillo Headquarters, a local hangout on South Franklin Street, downtown, has excellent Mexican food. Mexican restaurants and fast food places are your best bet for an inexpensive meal in Juneau.

Salmon Bake at Gold Creek, and Thane Ore House (907) 586-1462 or (907) 586-3442, both a short distance from town, offer free bus service from Marine Park in their marked vans. Mid-range prices for all you can eat.

Bed and Breakfast Inns