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Top 5 Shore Excursion Options in Juneau, AK

Updated: Jul 12

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Alaska is one of the top cruise destinations for the summertime. This beautiful state offers many incredible natural wonders, amazing wildlife, rich history, delicious seafood, and quaint coastal towns and villages. One of the most popular port stops on an Alaska cruise is Juneau. This bustling town has many incredible shore excursion opportunities for cruisers. From adventurous and active, to relaxing and informative, Juneau has plenty to choose from when it comes to booking your cruise excursions. Here are the top 5 shore excursions you can book when visiting this beautiful Alaskan port:

Goldbelt Tram Ride

Duration -10 minutes each way

Price - $

One of the most popular activities in Juneau is the Goldbelt Tram up Mount Roberts. This quick tram ride gives you the most incredible views of the town and the bay as you ascend. At the top there is a spot to eat, a small museum, and many hiking trails throughout the forest and surrounding peaks. This tram is a great option as it allows for a more leisurely stroll through the museum and incredible overlook views for the more relaxed traveller; or gives adventurers a more active excursion on the hiking trails.


Glacier View Sea Kayaking

Duration - 3.5 hours

Price - $$

If you are interested in being more active on your shore excursion, sea kayaking is a great option. You will learn paddling techniques from an experience guide who will then take you out on the water to look for wildlife including bald eagles, shore birds, and waterfowl. The pinnacle of the whole trip is the incredible view of the Mendenhall Glacier, which you will take in from a safe distance across the water.


Whale Watch Tour

Duration - 3 hours

Price - $$

One of the most popular excursion options in Alaska is whale watching...and for good reason. There are so many humpbacks and orcas in the coastal waters that you are almost 100% guaranteed to see a whale on a whale watching tour. Step onto a boat with your fellow passengers and enjoy the fresh sea air as you keep your eyes peeled for whales on the water, and bears and other land mammals along the shoreline.


Helicopter Glacier Walkabout

Duration - 3.25 hours

Price - $$$

Experience the most unforgettable moments on a glacier walkabout. Board a helicopter and take in the incredible Alaskan scenery as you are flown to the top of the Mendenhall glacier for your walkabout. Once on the glacier you will be taken on a hike with an experienced guide who will share their expertise on the history and geology of the area. You will see deep blue crevasses, massive ice walls, and can drink pure glacial water straight from the source- it's an experience you don't want to miss!


Norris Glacier Dog Sled Adventure

Duration - 3.25 hours

Price - $$$

The quintessential excursion to experience during your Alaska cruise is dog sledding. This history of mushing runs deep in Alaska, and continues strong to this day. You will board a helicopter and be dropped off at the Norris Glacier where you will meet your dog sled team. Then you will be whisked away on the sled, across the snowy glacier and learn all the tricks for commanding the team as you fly over the snow and ice. It's a must-do adventure that will be the highlight of your Alaska vacation!


Booking Your Cruise

Now that you are ready to book your Alaska cruise, reach out to the experts at Harr Travel. We know Juneau and the excursions inside and out, and have an amazing relationship with many of the cruise lines that sail to Alaska. Our advisors will book the cruise vacation of a lifetime for you, your friends, family, or group at an exceptional rate, and give you the Harr Travel signature service every step of the way.

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