The Best Outdoor Activities in Juneau, AK

Outdoor enthusiasts love the snow covered terrain of Juneau, Alaska. The Alaskan capital is filled with glaciers and hiking trails to explore. You won’t want to miss an Alaskan sunset at night after a day filled with outdoor activities. Here are some outdoor activities to try for your visit to Juneau.


Mushing across the Juneau snow is a unique activity that every tourist should try. You’ll get to play with adorable dogs and experience how the team pulls a sled. Most tours include a helicopter ride to the dog camp. You’ll see spectacular views of the Alaskan glaciers and wildlife such as bald eagles and grizzly bears. Tour companies include Blue Kennels and Gold Rush Dog Tours.

Whale watching

Whale watching in the Pacific is something every traveler should experience. Seeing a huge whale jump out of the ocean is one of the most beautiful sights. Some other wildlife you’ll see includes bald eagles, sea lions, dolphins, and black bears. You’ll see some of Alaska’s great glaciers, forests, and pebble beaches while cruising through the water. Your guide will take you through Alaska’s history and wildlife information. Whale watching companies include Juneau Whale Watch and Allen Marine Tours.


Alaska takes hiking to a whole new level. Trails wind through glaciers, lakes, summits, and forest all in one trip. The Bridal Veil Falls Trail is an easy two-mile hike to the falls with an overlook of the Alaskan terrain about a mile in. The Lost Lake Trail starts in rainforest terrain and takes you through lakes and meadows. Yes, Alaska has a rainforest.

Exploring Glaciers

Glaciers inhabit more parts of Alaska than humans do. It’s one of the many things that make an Alaskan vacation so special. Mendenhall Glacier is right in Auke Bay in Juneau. The Mendenhall glacier trek takes a full day and requires a lot of physical activity. However, you’ll never see a better glacier view. You can also take photos from afar at the visitor center. The Herbert Glacier has an easy hiking and biking trail that is about nine miles round trip. The trail is full of wildlife like otter and beaver. In the spring, blueberries are abundant for picking on the trail.

Juneau, Alaska offers lots of fun activities for outdoor lovers. Even if you aren’t an outdoorsy person, the scenic Alaska views are hard to beat. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Juneau, Silverbow Inn offers modern accommodations in the center of downtown Juneau.

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