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Making the Most of Juneau, Alaska
Making the Most of Juneau, Alaska
The Wonder berths on Juneau’s waterfront on Fridays, sharing the port with up to three other ships, depending on the week. Most ships dock parallel to the shore along Franklin St. A shuttle bus serves most-remote AJ Dock ($3 for unlimited rides), but the trip is just .75 mi./1.2 km. The other piers are all very walkable. The Mount Roberts Tramway is right at the docks, and a Juneau visitor center office is in the tramway parking lot; stop by for a map. Tours and shuttles often leave from the tramway parking lot. Shopping and dining begins right at the piers along Franklin Street, which will lead you north into town. All ashore time is 6:45 am; all aboard is at 4:45 pm.
The streets of downtown Juneau are easy to navigate, as you can only go about 8–12 blocks in any direction. With only 41 miles of major roads to roam, car rentals won’t take you very far, and the rental offices are out at the airport—arrange a pickup at the pier. Tour buses, shuttles, taxis, and walking are the best choices for cruise passengers. Mendenhall Glacier is 12 miles to the north, and the ways there are many. For a basic ride, the MGT “Blue Bus” shuttle runs every half-hour to and from the glacier’s visitor center for $30 round-trip. Taxis are metered, at city-set rates: $3.40 initial fare, $2.20 per mile, $0.75 additional persons. A trip from the pier to Mendenhall Glacier will be about $35 each way. Evergreen Taxi, 907-586-2121; Juneau Yellow Cab, 907-586-1111; and Glacier Taxi and Tours, 907-796-2300 serve the area, and also offer tours by car and van at $70 per hour, per vehicle.
Safety warnings in Southeast Alaskan ports tend to be about the wildlife, weather, and outdoor safety. Don’t approach or feed the wildlife! Trail hikes may lead to encounters with black bear, so consider an experienced guide. This is temperate rainforest, and conditions can change quickly. Be prepared for damp and chill, dress in layers and have proper rain gear. Folks in these parts don’t play around with umbrellas.
Shopping is concentrated along Franklin Street—just keep walking. Furs, jewelry, and native crafts are the headliners. On the dock, The Twisted Fish is a bustling, satisfying casual eatery. Next door, Taku Smokeries offers edible souvenirs (and free samples). An alley just north of the piers hosts casual food kiosks, including Tracy’s King Crab Shack. Their crab bisque is an affordable treat, with pricier temptations for crab lovers. Red Dog Saloon is impossible to miss, plays the Gold Rush to the hilt, and sells lots of souvenirs.
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