Juneau & Southeast Region
A tram carries visitors up Mount Roberts to an alpine area with hiking trails, wildflowers and views of Gastineau Channel. This is also the site of the Juneau Raptor Center, dedicated to local birds.
Southeast Alaska, colloquially referred to as the Alaska Panhandle or Alaskan Panhandle, is the southeastern portion of the country.The majority of Southeast Alaska's area is part of the Tongass National Forest, the United States' largest national forest and myriad large and small islands.
Juneau serves as the departure point for several wilderness attractions, including paddling paradises such as Glacier Bay National Park, Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area and Admiralty Island National Monument. The Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau measures over 12 miles in length, bringing in crowds of tourists with its massive size and extensive network of nature trails.
Whale watching and bear viewing are just one of possible activities you can enjoy here!
Wildlife includes brown and black bears, endemic alexander Archipelago wolfs packs, itka black-tailed deer, humpback whales, orcas, five species of salmon, bald eagles, harleguin ducks, scoters, and marbled murrelets.
If you are keen to discover more about Mine History, Juneau was built on gold and for many visitors that’s the most fascinating part of its history. Two of the Juneau area’s most successful historic mines were the Alaska-Juneau Mine, on the side of Mt Roberts, and the Treadwell Mine, across Gastineau Channel near Douglas. The forested ruins have been made into a historical trail.
When to visit
The best time to visit Juneau and Southeast Region is between May and August. Peak season for cruises and crowds at the area's top attractions, but the days will be long and sunny.