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17 Things to do in Alaska that don't include dog sleds

You'll never use the word "boring" to describe a trip to Juneau, Alaska.

We know that.

But beyond the flightseeing trips and dogsledding adventures, there is plenty to do, see, and eat in the Juneau area. So much in fact, we decided to make it easy for you and narrow down some of the best the city has to offer. You're welcome.

Where you should stay

  • The Silverbow Inn is an eclectic small inn downtown offering a breakfast bar in the mornings.
  • Tucked away in a downtown neighborhood, The Jorgenson House offers a full breakfast in the sun room every morning.
  • To get a little more off the grid (be sure to rent a car), stay at Pearson's Pond. This small inn is located on its own pond, over near the Mendenhall Glacier. Delicious breakfasts included.

What you should see

  • The Alaska State Museum. It reopened this June as the State Library Archives and Museum (the SLAM). The state-of-the-art building houses incredible pieces from throughout Alaska's history.
  • Perseverance Theatre. Born as a grassroots organization, Perseverance Theatre is now firmly planted in the community and the state. The theatre is committed to developing artists, volunteers, audiences, and plays reflective of the Alaskan community, as part of living its mission.
  • Sealaska Heritage/Soboleff Center. A culture center in downtown Juneau celebrating the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples, housing a full replica of a clan house and an exquisite art collection

Where you should eat

  • Take in the best view in Juneau at The Hangar on the Wharf. Locals love this eatery, with it's fantastic selection of beer and wine and great menu featuring fresh seafood, bar food, gluten-free options and more.
  • Feeling fancy? Head to SALT and sip a cocktail before dining on an Alaskan ingredient-heavy meal. Reservations are recommended.
  • James Beard nominee Beau Schooler oversees the menu at The Rookery. This downtown spot has a menu that focuses on locally-sourced foods

I need more food

We hear you! Luckily, Juneau has two delicious food tours that showcase the city's unique food scene.

  • Juneau Food Tours offers seasonal downtown walking tours May-September and Historical Progressive Dinners winter through early spring. This tour includes a beer tasting at the historic Alaskan Bar & Hotel.
  • Alaskan Food Tours run seasonally May- September, Monday- Saturday. This 3 1/2 hour tour includes 16 bites and sips and a visit to a local coffee roaster.

Where to party when the sun goes down

  • Sip a local brew at one of Juneau's most historic bars, the Alaska Bar & Hotel. Check out open mic night on Thursdays at 9 pm.
  • For delicious snacks, flavorful cocktails and the coziest bar chairs, ever, head to to The Bubble Room at the Westmark Baranof.
  • Get a feel for old Juneau at The Red Dog Saloon. Complete with piano music and sawdust on the floor, this bar has been around since the early mining days.

Where to pick up souvenirs (and treat yo' self)

To learn more about what's happening in the capital city of Alaska and start planning your trip to Juneau, visit