Juneau Cruise Port Juneau, AK
Juneau is Alaska’s State Capital and a very cosmopolitan city. With a population of over 30,000 residents, Juneau offers a wealth of shopping opportunities and wonderful sightseeing choices, which makes it a very popular cruise port with visitors. Juneau is located on an island in the Inside passage and is located in a rain forest. With over 220 days of rain per year and over 50 inches of rain, you should be prepared for wet weather by bringing rain gear (if you don’t it is sold in many Juneau stores if needed) The city of Juneau is located at the base of mountains that soar straight up almost 4,000 feet. Early in the season visitors are presented with snow capped peaks and fabulous waterfalls. As summer progresses the snow recedes and the waterfalls become trickles. Founded during the gold rush days, Juneau has many historical buildings and lots of color.
Cruise ships make port at the Juneau cruise ship docks, which are located at the southern end of the downtown area. The cruise ship docks are directly across from the Mt. Roberts tramway. It’s a short walk to the city’s shopping, dining and historic areas.
The Mendenhall Glacier is one of the biggest draws in Juneau for tourists. It’s located about 12 miles north of the downtown area. If you plan on doing some fishing or whale watching, you’ll more than likely leave from Auke Bay, which is a 25-30 minute drive north of the downtown area. Most excursion operators will pick you up near the Mount Robert Tramway parking lot, which is across the road from the Juneau cruise ship docks.
Cruise passengers are welcome in Juneau, as there are almost a million of them visiting town during the summer, and they bring in a lot of money into the local economy.
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