Downtown Juneau

June 24, 2014 3 Comments

Cruise ships dock at one of four berths in the Port of Juneau, all of which are within walking distance of downtown’s main attractions and shops. A convenient shuttle runs between the farthest dock, AJ Pier, and the downtown area. If it’s an extremely busy day in port, some ships may have to drop anchor and tender guests ashore.

At the buzzing waterfront, look for the sidewalk sundial and the memorial dedicated to fishermen lost at sea. Peer through the spotting scopes and search for mountain goats on Mount Juneau in the distance. For an excellent aerial view of the city, hop aboard a gondola on the Mount Roberts Tramway, which ascends from the cruise pier to an elevation of 1,745 feet where unrivaled scenery, Native art, shops, and restaurants await.

It’s easy to find your way around the downtown area, where blue signposts show the way to various points of interest and provide local historical highlights. Many of the newer buildings feature false wooden fronts, reflecting the characteristic architecture of the Wild West. Some of the city’s oldest buildings are pubs or saloons—remnants of the booming gold-rush days around the turn of the 20th century.

The watering holes still in operation are frequented by an eclectic blend of locals and tourists from all over the globe. The Alaskan Hotel & Bar, located on South Franklin Street, is the oldest operating hotel in the state, built in 1913 by four men in just six months. Sidle up to the bar, order an Alaskan White Ale, and strike up a conversation with an Alaskan: this is the only place to enjoy an Alaskan with an Alaskan at The Alaskan.

3 Comments for “Downtown Juneau

  • Deb Gitchel

    Hi, I’m looking to replace a spoon rest – looks like stone with a bear on it. It was purchased downtown Juneau the first part of June this year. If you can help, that would be great. Thank you, Debbie

  • Cindy Allen

    several years ago we were ported at Juneau as a first port on our cruise and we are from Alabama and didn’t bring a coat as we were told we wouldn’t need one and so needless to say we did so we got off the ship and went into a store and all of our party bought “Alaska” jackets. I have worn this jacket everywhere and I love it. I hope one day to visit the beautiful Alaska again but in the meantime I want another jacket. Could you please tell me the names of the places that I may have visited to buy one? I think we paid like 24.99 for them or maybe less but it is so warm and I want to get my daughters one. Please advise.
    Thank you,
    Cindy Allen
    “I love Alaska”

    • PortShopping Spree

      Thanks for writing in, Cindy. What a great story. Cruising Alaska is the absolute best! We’ll have someone get in touch soon who may be able to help.

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