What to visit?
Your first impression of Juneau depends on your mode of transportation. If by Cruise Ship you will arrive downtown. The State Ferry Terminal is out in the wilderness some 12 miles away and difficult to travel further if you did not bring your car (taxis are available). The airport is about 8 miles away and has public bus service to downtown. Juneau itself is worthy of being the State Capital . Arts and cultural offerings abound including performing arts and museums.
Some awesome places downtown include:
-Alaska Robotics (incredible art gallery/comic book store... I've heard they host awesome evens there too, and even screen movies sometimes!).
-The Rookery Cafe (coziest cafe in town! full of gorgeous local art. great coffee!).
-Rainbow Foods (a health foods store with super lovely vibes! and great food! There are even tables in there where you can just hang out and enjoy the ambiance).
-The Juneau International Youth Hostel (only $12-a-night! a wonderful place!! The only bad thing about it is that you can't stay more than 5 days... I was ready to move in!).
-The waterfront area ( great sprawling boardwalks and those glorious cruise ships!).
-Touristy shops (you will love Juneau's offerings!).
- Hike or take a tram to the top of Mount Roberts right from downtown. Other trails are also available to Perseverance and Mount Juneau.
Mendenhall Glacier is the gem in this region showing us the grandeur of this massive glacier that is eminently viewable from the Vistors Center and the many hiking trails in the area. The Mendenhall Lake Campground is also a great spot for viewing the Mountains and the river of ice flowing into the lake. Several hiking trails leave from the Campground.
Where to stay?
Accomodations: Campgrounds are available near the State Ferry Terminal in Auke Bay Mendenhall Lake (noted above). Many hotels are available in Juneau. Juneau International Hostel is also a great deal.