We have 10 hours (noon to 2200hrs.) in Juneau on our cruise in May. any ideas as to what to do/see. We are loathe to go on the over priced cruise excursions
What interests you? I took a great hike on the West Glacier Trail near Mendenhall Glacier my last cruise stop there. I loved it - saw almost no one, got well above the glacier, great scenery, great photos. But if you hate hiking, I doubt you would enjoy it at all!
A great excursion in Juneau is whale watching but figure $150-$200/person for that. Cruise ship's price is similar but for a much larger boat.
You can take the tram up to the top of Mt. Roberts and hike down. The ticket for the tram is good all day. You can walk around the trails up there if you dont' want to go all the way down. It is about 3-4 miles I believe, but very worthwhile if you like hiking. There are films to watch at the top and a restaurant. There are buses that go out to Mendenhall Glacier near where the ships dock. They used to be about $5.00, so it may cost a bit more now. The visitor center is nice and you can hike out there as well. Whale watching in Juneau was some of the best I have experienced in Alaska. I went with Orca Enterprises. Really enjoyed it,but again not cheap. The Alaska Museum is also quite good. You can walk there from the port. The cover charge is not that much. You will love Alaska.
Rent a car and drive "The Road". It's only 50+ miles long and lots of beautiful scenery. Stop at Eagle Beach, Auke Bay for lunch (Hot Bite), Shrine of St. Therese, Mendenhall Glacier, The Hatchery (one of our favorites) and still have time for "the shopping" (Glacier Silt Soap www.glaciersmoothie.com and enamel pins & zipper pulls at Wm. Spear www.wmspear.com are small, fairly inexpensive, made in AK gifts, etc.)
Climb on the city bus and see the "real Juneau". The Mendenhall one will take you to within a mile of the Glacier. Cost is probably less than $2.00. There is also an unexpensive trolley that runs in downtown Juneau so you can see the capitol and the governor's mansion, etc. The state museum is definitely a must see. Cost is about $5.00. The city museum is right next door to the capitol and is interesting. The information kiosk run by volunteers of the Juneau Convention Center has all the information. Hope this is helpful to you.
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