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Fast Facts: Juneau


Juneau, the capital of Alaska and the second largest city in the state, is located on the Gastineau Channel, less than 100 miles from the US-Canadian border. The borough and city of Juneau is the second-largest in the United States by area--larger even than the state of Delaware. Juneau has a population of only 31,000 inhabitants.

The mainstay of Juneau's economy is government: 50% of the workforce serve in the Federal, state or local governments. Tourism is the largest private sector endeavor, followed by commercial fishing and mining. In 2016, a projected 1.3 million tourists will make a visit to Juneau--three quarters of them on cruise ships that visit the city between May and September.

Juneau enjoys a humid continental climate, where there is a zone of conflict between polar and tropical air masses. The city's temperature extremes are moderated by the local topography and the Pacific Ocean. It's wet in Juneau, with the city experiencing an average of 220 days of rain each year. Summer is the nicest time of the year to visit the city, as the daily high temperatures hover in the mid-60s F, and there's plenty of daylight to be enjoyed.


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First Impressions


Mt. Roberts Tram
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Juneau has an interesting vibe. The downtown part of the city has the feel of a frontier western town: pleasantly low-rise, with many of the buildings sporting frontier architecture, and with four-faced clocks adorning many of the street corners. The legislature of Alaska meets for only two sessions during the year, and no session can last over 90 days, so the pols don't hang out in smoke-filled rooms all year round. Frankly, they'd rather be home doing something productive. When the cruise ships arrive in the summer months, the population of the town swells appreciably, particularly on those days when five or six ships stop in the capital city, sending more than 10,000 passengers and crew into the downtown streets and tourist spots throughout the area.

But downtown Juneau does not Juneau make. West Juneau is a bedroom community across the bridge from downtown Juneau on Douglas Island, while the Mendenhall Valley, located northwest of downtown Juneau, is home to a large residential community, the businesses that serve them, the airport and the University of Alaska Southeast. This is also where the Alaska Ferry docks.

Most of the people you'll meet during the summer months are not permanent residents of Juneau; they're imported to help manage the businesses that are dependent on tourism.

Your ship will 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. For those of you taking cruise shore excursions, you'll meet your transportation on the docks.


Interview with "Juneau Insider" Christy Ciambor


In this section, we interview a Juneau local for her thoughts on visiting Juneau, what to do and what to see when you make your way to this great city.

Christy Ciambor

"Hi, I'm Christy Ciambor and Juneau has been my home for the last eight years. I came to Juneau, Alaska to work seasonally, and immediately fell in love with this coastal community. Now, as the Destination Marketing Manager for Travel Juneau, I get to share why Juneau is so special with the rest of the world. Best. Job. Ever."

Travel Juneau is a service of the Juneau Convention and Visitor's Bureau. If you've got questions about your upcoming trip to Juneau, don't hesitate to call one of their local information experts at (888) 581-2201 for further assistance.


CruisePortInsider: "I can't say that I've been to Juneau unless I ..."

Christy: ... have seen a humpback in its natural environment or stood under Nugget Falls (near the Glacier) and felt the spray on my face or hiked one of our trails ... everyone's Juneau moment is different.

It rains a lot in Juneau; can I still enjoy my experience in the town if it's raining?

Yes, of course! The locals don't let the rain stop them, neither should you! Pack a raincoat and carry on with your day. But just in case you need it, here's a list of great indoor experiences:

Any suggestions on shopping in town? What's special?

We have some many incredible artists in Southeast, Alaska. Be sure to check out some of the local galleries along Franklin and Front Streets. We also have the coolest post office (at least I think so), Kindred Post, which in their own words, is a post office, gift shop, and gathering space celebrating the everyday.

Is the city's bus system a good alternative for going to the Mendenhall glacier and other attractions en route (Glacier Gardens, Salmon Hatchery)?

Capital Transit can be a great and inexpensive way to get around town but a few things to note: the stop for the Mendenhall Glacier is a little more than a mile away from the actual entrance to the visitor area and the stop for the Hatchery requires crossing a busy intersection. There are plenty of tour operators that can assist in getting you the glacier, Glacier Gardens, and the hatchery. In addition, cabs are readily available from the cruise ship docks. You can find listings for tour operators at TravelJuneau.com.

What are some of the unique but lesser visited places to see in Juneau?

"Out-the-road" as we call it, you can find the Shrine of St. Therese, Eagle Beach Recreation area and Pt. Bridget State Park. Each offers beautiful trails, wildlife viewing, and a chance to experience Alaska outside of the hustle & bustle of downtown. Rent a car, pack a picnic lunch, and get out there!

What do you suggest for a "Great Taste" of Juneau?

I highly recommend taking one of our food tours (we have two) which allow you to sample all of our great "eats" at the various shops and restaurants around town. When dining in any of our restaurants, GET THE FISH! Also, Alaskan Brewing Co. is our local craft brewery, drink Alaskan.

How does the city cope when there are 10,000 cruise ship passengers in town?

There's plenty of room for everybody. We're always happy to share this amazing place with visitors. We've got a Welcome Center at the Cruise Ship Terminal and a kiosk (next to the library) with a team of volunteers ready to help folks have the best possible experience in Juneau.

Travel Juneau

Latest News for Travelers to Juneau


  • (9/17/15) KTOO reports today that a Tlingit-Haida group is to open a cultural immersion park at the Thane Ore House site ... more

Time Zone


Juneau is on Alaska Time, nine hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time during standard time, or eight hours during daylight savings time. Daylight savings time begins on the second Sunday of March, and ends on the first Sunday of November.

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Language


English is universally spoken in Juneau.


Dealing with Money in Juneau


Currency



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The currency of the United States is the U.S. dollar, and it is printed on bills in seven denominations: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Coins include the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, fifty cent piece and dollar.

Canadian dollars are accepted in Alaska as well. You'll also find Canadian coins circulating freely in the state, and are accepted at par to their U.S. counterparts.

Banks and ATMs

ATM machines in Juneau can be found at bank branches, select hotels, at the Mount Roberts Tram lobby and in the Centennial Hall convention center near the Cruise Ship docks. Bank branches with ATM machines can be found at the following locations:

  • Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo has several offices in Juneau; the branch closest to the Cruise Terminal is located at 123 Seward Street. Phone: (907) 586-3324.

  • First National Bank of Alaska: this Alaska-based bank has an office and ATM at 840 West 10th Street, which, frankly, is not very close to the Cruise Ship docks; Phone: (907) 586-5400.

  • Key Bank: Key Bank has a branch with an ATM located at 234 Seward Street; Phone: (907) 463-7222.

  • First Bank: This Alaska-based bank has an office and ATM located at 605 West Willoughby Avenue, which is located a few blocks from the Cruise Ship docks. Phone: (907) 586-8001

  • Northrim Bank: This Alaska-based bank has an office and ATM located at 301 North Franklin Street, which is located a few blocks from the Cruise Ship docks. They've also got an ATM at Merchant's Wharf, located at 2 Marine Way. Phone: (907) 586-1010

Juneau ATM map


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See our Juneau ATM map for the locations of the above ATMs.


Weather


Downtown Juneau
©2010 Alan Wu, under cc-by-sa 2.0 license

Despite its location on the coast, Juneau enjoys a humid continental climate, where there is a zone of conflict between polar and tropical air masses. The city's temperature extremes are moderated by the local topography and the Pacific Ocean.

Juneau is no place for sun worshipers, as it rains on average 221 days per year. Depending on the location in the city and borough, average annual rainfall ranges from 55 inches to over 90 inches, and the average annual snowfall at Juneau International Airport is 93 inches. June and July are the driest months, with an average of 16 days of rain.

It never really gets hot in Juneau, except on those few days each year when the temperature exceeds 80° F (27° C). During the summer season, expect average highs in the mid-60s F (high-teens C), and evening lows in the high 40s F (about 9° C).

Average Temperatures

Average Precipitation

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Keeping In Touch


Internet Access in Juneau

You can find internet access in Juneau at the following locales:

Wi-Fi Hotspots in Downtown Juneau

  • The Juneau Public Library, located at 292 Marine Way adjacent to the Cruise Ship Docks, offers free Wi-Fi internet access. The library is open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and from noon to 5:00 pm on Friday through Sunday.

  • The Heritage Coffee Company serves a selection of espresso drinks, fresh roasted coffee by the cup, pastries, snacks, light lunches and Juneau-made gelato along with Wi-Fi at their three downtown Juneau locations: 130 Front Street; Phone: (907) 586-1087; 124 N. Franklin Street, at the Westmark Baranof Hotel; and 230 S. Franklin Street; Phone: (907) 463-4600.

  • The Alaskan Hotel & Bar, established in 1913 and on the National Register of Historic Places, offers Juneau's largest selection of Belgian and Craft Beers in addition to Wi-Fi in their bar. Located at 167 South Franklin Street. Phone: (907) 586-1000.

  • The Rookery Cafe offers Wi-Fi in their downtown Juneau restaurant; They offer a selection of good burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups. Located at 111 Seward Street. Phone: (907) 463-3013.

  • Red Dog Saloon offers Wi-Fi in their iconic saloon; along with beverages from the bar, they serve burgers, appetizers and pizzas. Located at 278 South Franklin Street. Phone: (907) 463-3658.

  • Front Street Cafe offers free Wi-Fi in their restaurant, which is located inside of the historic Imperial Billiards & Bar, Juneau's oldest saloon (built in 1891). You've got to be age 21 or older to get in. Popular with the locals, Front Street is open for lunch and dinner, from 11:00 am until early morning. Located at 241 Front Street. Phone: (907) 586-1968.

  • Rockwell offers Wi-Fi in their popular downtown restaurant. Enjoy a selection of burgers, salads, sandwiches and Mexican food along with your data. Located at 109 South Franklin Street. Phone: (907) 463-4340.

  • Lemon Tree Cafe offers Wi-Fi in their popular Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant. Enjoy dim sum, spring rolls, dumplings, noodle soups and moon cakes while you check out your emal. Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Located at 230 2nd Street; Phone: (907) 789-1368.

  • T.K. Maguire's Restaurant offers Wi-Fi in their family-friendly restaurant, specializing in seafood and steaks. Open Sunday through Thursday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, and on Friday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Located at 375 Whittier Street. Phone: (907) 586-3711.

Juneau Internet Access Map


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See our Juneau Internet Access Map for the locations of Juneau's Internet Cafes/Wi-Fi locations.

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Cellular Phone & Data Services

Customers of the four major U.S. wireless carriers can expect the following levels of service in Juneau:

Verizon

Cell service: Verizon's CDMA service provides extended digital coverage to Juneau and the surrounding areas.
Data services: Verizon offers 4G LTE coverage in Juneau and the surrounding areas.
See details on Verizon's cell and data services coverage in Juneau.

ATT Wireless

Cell service: AT&T's GSM service covers Juneau and much of the surrounding areas.
Data services: AT&T offers 4G LTE service in Juneau and much of the surrounding areas.
See details on AT&T's cell and data services coverage in Juneau.

Sprint

Cell service: Sprint's CDMA service in Juneau is provided through off-network roaming.
Data services: Sprint offers service in Juneau and the surrounding areas through off-network roaming. Network coverage and performance vary by device.
See details on Sprint's cell and data services coverage in Juneau.

T Mobile

Cell service: T-Mobile's GSM service is provided through a service partner.
Data services: T-Mobile offers 2G service in Juneau; there's no access for laptop sticks, tablets, etc.
See details on T-Mobile's cell and data services coverage in Juneau.


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Juneau Telephone Information

Canadian cell phones used in the U.S. work seamlessly in Alaska, and just like back home.

The Country Code in the U.S. is 1, just like in Canada.

The Area Code used in Juneau (as in all of Alaska) is 907.

Local Phone Numbers have seven digits: XXX-XXXX

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Local Events, Holidays & Festivals in Juneau


Look for the following local festivals, holidays and events taking place in Juneau in 2017:

  • New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1.

  • 17th Annual Wearable Art Extravaganza, Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. Celebrates the creativity of the people of Juneau as they don wearable works of art. This year's theme is "Juxtaposition." The Wearable Art Extravaganza showcases art in any media designed to be worn on the human body.

  • Seward's Day, Monday, March 27. Commemorates the signing of the treaty by which the United States bought Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867.

  • Good Friday, Friday, April 14.

  • Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 16.

  • Alaska Folk Festival, Monday, April 3 through Sunday, April 9. In its 43nd year, this free event is Alaska's biggest celebration of folk music performed by Alaskan musicians, as well as those from the rest of the country and Canada. Expect to see performances, workshops and dances.

  • Fisherman

  • 21st Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, Monday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 31. A month-long celebration of salmon fishing held to benefit the Tlingit and Haida Alumni Scholarship Program. Cash prizes are awarded.

  • 31st Annual Juneau Jazz and Classics, Friday, May 5 to Saturday, May 20. May is springtime in Alaska, and what better way to celebrate than with music. Over the sixteen day schedule, expect to see noted blues, jazz and classical musicians from around the country perform in a variety of venues in the town and on the water.

  • Gold panners

  • Gold Rush Days, Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, June 18. In celebration of Juneau's heritage and founding, the Gold Rush Days festival features logging events, mining competitions, delicious food and other activities that are great for the whole family.

  • Independence Day, Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. They have fun in Juneau on the nation's independence day. With over 18 hours of sunlight, the festivities begin at midnight of the 3rd, with a fireworks display taking place over the Gastineau Channel. On the 4th, expect parades, field events, a dog frisbee competition, a fireman's race and other fun events.

  • 69th Golden North Salmon Derby, Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13. This event is the oldest salmon derby in Alaska. Sponsored by the Territorial Sportsmen, the winners are awarded large cash and merchandise prizes. Proceeds benefit derby fund scholarships.

  • Alaska Day, Wednesday, October 18. Anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory and the raising of the U.S. flag at Sitka in 1867.

  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23. A day to give thanks for the things one has at the close of the harvest season.

  • Juneau Public Market, Friday, November 24 to Sunday, November 26. What better way to begin the shopping season than visiting Juneau's holiday bazaar. Expect to find arts and crafts, photographs, wearable art and other interesting items.

  • 32nd Annual Gallery Walk, Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3. Enjoy a visit to many of Juneau's art galleries, beginning on the evening of Friday December 1. Meet the local artists and talk about their works.

  • Christmas Day, Monday, December 25.

Juneau Cruise Port Schedules


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Juneau is the most popular Alaskan destination for the seasonal Alaskan cruise ship trade, which extends from May through September. It's not unusual to have up to six ships visiting Juneau at any one time.

In 2017, cruise ship passengers can expect to spend an average of around 9¼ hours ashore in Juneau.

In 2017, Juneau is slated to welcome 983,400 passengers sailing on 483 ships. For further information, see our Juneau Cruise Ship Schedule - 2017.


Cruise Lines Making Port in Juneau


The following cruise lines will make port in Juneau in 2017:

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