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Looking to travel to Juneau Alaska? This capital city surrounded by untouched wilderness is becoming a travel hotspot. Here are things to do in Juneau!

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

Alaska…stole my heart. Last month, Alex and I took an epic trip to Alaska as part of a family vacation; my sister and her fiancé flew in from Burma and my parents from Minnesota. We met in Juneau, our brother-in-law’s hometown, and spent time with his parents. Having locals as tour guides was fabulous, and is hands down my favorite way to explore a place. The houses we rented were both true gems, and the scenery — well, you’ll just have to take a look. Hiking, fishing, bird-watching, drinking coffee, spotting whales, flying over towering mountain peaks, meandering in quiet rain forests — we couldn’t have asked for more. Hold onto your hats—here are all of our pictures of Juneau, Alaska.

Related: 8 Secrets: How to Take Better Pictures on Vacation

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

Where to stay in Juneau Alaska

We found Juneau to be absolutely breathtaking. It was a much smaller city than we imagined, and nestled right along the water and the mountains. We recommend avoiding hotels and going to VRBO or AirBNB for places to stay. We stayed in two homes — one with a magnificent view of tide pools and Mendenhall glacier and the other right on the water with wildlife visible right from the deck!

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

When to visit Juneau Alaska

Although it doesn’t get as cold in Juneau as the rest of Alaska, it’s still pretty miserable in the winter months. We recommend visiting in July or August. The weather is warmer, you may actually see some blue sky, and the days last forever! The sun only set between after 11:00 pm when we were there!

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

Things to do in Juneau Alaska

There’s only one answer to this one. Get outside! Juneau is in a temperate rainforest, and many of the trees are covered in moss. This lends a certain magical feel to the entire area.

  • Go hiking, kayaking, and boating as much as you can! We enjoyed Perseverance, Mount Juneau, and Mount Roberts trails.
  • Ask a local about the best places to rent a kayak or find a beach.
  • Go fishing! There are plenty of fishing charters that will take you to the best salmon you’ve ever tasted, not to mention much more seafood!
  • If you can swing it, charter a small plane and visit Skagway or Glacier Bay National Park. Glacier Bay was absolutely stunning. And unlike any other National Park we’ve visited.
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

View from the porch of our house, on to Mendenhall Glacier

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

A hike through the rain forest near Mendenhall Glacier…

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

Juneau Alaska Restaurants

Juneau has some great restaurants of all types! Get away from the dockside cruise ship joints and hit these restaurants instead!

  • Amalga Distillery for a perfect cocktail hour in a beautifully designed space downtown
  • Devil’s Club Brewery for good bar snacks and great beer
  • Barnacle Foods for locally sourced specialties like seasonings, salsa, and kelp!
  • Jerry’s Meats for smoked black cod or salmon, salmon dip and jerkys
  • Salt for higher end fare using locally sourced and foraged foods like mushrooms and fiddleheads
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

We toured Alaskan Brewing Company with a family friend, which was a treat! Their Smoked Porter is pretty brilliant.

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

We celebrated July 4 on the water…

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

Back to our little red house with a view…

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

My favorite part of the mornings: a slow cup of coffee with our Aeropress.

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

Our last day in Juneau was one of the most beautiful I’d seen. Another gorgeous hike, a short drive outside of Juneau…

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

And, my last chance at fishing. This time my sister’s fiancé and his dad showed me the ropes.

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

They each got a salmon. I was starting to feel discouraged…

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

Until…

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

It was just a little guy, but it still counts, right? (I’ll have bigger fish to fry on the next trip.)

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks
Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

The view from our deck on the last day was stunning.

Juneau, Alaska | A Couple Cooks

I can’t wait to return to this magical part of the country. Thanks to my parents for arranging everything, to my sister for coming home, and for her fiancé’s parents for being the best tour guides we could imagine. Let us know if you have any questions about Juneau! We can provide links to the houses we rented if that is helpful.

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Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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22 Comments

  1. So nice be to able to get a glimpse of your adventures! Your photos are always breathtaking! So so lovely.

  2. Such beautiful pictures!! Alaska has been on my travel list for a long time. So glad you got the chance to experience it and spend quality time with family!

  3. I just love the photos! Beautiful country. Thank you for the great narration and helpful information. I’ve put Juneau on my bucket list now, thanks to you!

  4. What gorgeous photos and such a special family trip. So glad the story ended well with you catching a fish. ;-)

  5. Wow! What a beautiful story told through photos. I have never wanted to go to Alaska but now I do! Thank you for sharing and documenting your time so beautifully.

  6. STUNNING photos! This post definitely makes me want to visit Alaska again for real – not just on a cruise trip excursion!

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