Travel Guide: Juneau, Alaska

The second stop on our Alaskan Cruise was in Juneau. The morning we docked, I ate breakfast out on the patio and took in the scent of the fresh ocean water. The color was this gorgeous blue-green color. So pure and untouched.

Before the trip, I started to follow the hashtag “Juneau” via Instagram. One of the most common photos I saw was the Mendenhall Glacier and Tracy’s King Crab Shack. Please, believe those were high priority on my to-do list.

Juneau is also known for catching the best sights of humpback whales! When searching for tours, you’ll see that comes up pretty frequently.

Our goregous vessel pulled up next to the most gigantic cruise ships I have ever seen. Does anyone else feel it’s abnormal for a boat that size to be able to float in water? I mean, it is so crazy that boat is carrying THOUSANDS of passengers. Never in my life will you catch me on one of those things. I’ll take my 600 person boat ANY DAY.

Anyway, check out below some of things I got to see and do while in Juneau.

What We Did

Tracy’s Crab Shack: The first thing you spot when you get off the dock is Tracy’s Crab Shack. During peak hours of the day, you’ll see 20-30 people standing in line waiting to get some of the largest crab legs there is. We got there just in the nick of time-there was only seven people ahead of us. We took a gander at the menu, and I’ll admit, the prices are pretty steep. You’ll find that all pricing in Alaska is on the higher end due to low supply and high shipping costs. It takes forever for them to receive supplies. Anywho- I went with the Captains reserve off the menu. I figured one large leg and a claw would be good. I also ordered one of their local beers to pair with the crab meat. They ask for your name and the city that you’re from. You find your own seat inside or outside. Once your meal is ready, they bring the food to you and then you get down on the tasty treat.

I will always be honest with you when you comes to what I like and what I don’t like. This case is no different. These legs were HUGEEEEE! I don’t think I have ever seen a crab claw so large in my life. And fortunately, they gave me an additional half a leg, so I was really a happy camper. I was worried that one leg wouldn’t be enough considering I can put away at least five to seven of them. The meat from the crab was cooked to perfection. Succulent and juicy and sweet and hot and buttery. I could go on forever talking about them. I highly recommend that you eat here. It’s a must!

Mount Roberts Tram: Even though I spent quite a bit of time researching things to do in Juneau, the tram never came up! I spotted it when we pulled into the dock. The tram ride is $35 per person (expensive I know) and you go all the way up to the top which is approximately 1,800 feet above elevation. The views are nothing short of spectacular. The sun sparkles on the water and the town shines beneath it.

At the top is a short hiking trail, nature center, a theater, and totem pole carving station. It takes about 5-10 minutes to go up/down.

Heli-flight and Glacier Walk: I know I keep saying, “I really want to do this” but I really wanted to walk on a glacier. I can’t explain why, besides I think glaciers and icebergs are insanely beautiful and it isn’t something that you get to see everyday. So, why not? Right?

The tour picks you up from the pier and it’s about 3.5 hours long total. The put you on a bus and set off to a facility that’s about 20 minutes away. You watch a safety video about the helicopters, they give you instructions and then put they you into walking boots for the glacier hike. Temperatures on the glacier can vary depending on the wind and obviously, the time of year. This particular day it was crazy windy. Luckily for me, I brought wind-breaker pants, turtle neck, hat, gloves, and sunglasses.

The intensity of the helicopters was extremely nerve-racking. I’ve never really wanted to be in one, because they always seemed…not-so safe. Walking up to the chopper, I thought for sure my weave was going to get caught in the blades and rip my head off. Terrifying! Our heli takes off and we glide through the mountains and my heart immediately starts to fill with excitement. This was real life. I’m flying in a helicopter over a GLACIER! Not many people can say they’ve done this.

After a short ride, we land in our designated spot and meet out our guide. She walks us around a small radius of the glacier and explains what a crevasse is. Hint- it’s not exactly what you think. We learned that glaciers move about 6-8 inches every single day. Fresh water flows in between the cracks and drifts right out into the ocean.

The hike wasn’t really hike- just a quick circle around the glacier, but it was so crazy windy and slightly chilly, we really couldn’t do much more.

I loved everything about Juneau! Even though we had about 11 hours to explore, I felt like there still wasn’t even enough time to just sit and soak it all in. After spending about an hour wandering through town, I found a cool food truck park where people where hanging out and some local bars that I wanted to pop my head in. It just gives me another reason to go back! Until next time…xoxo!

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