Destination guide

Juneau – your ticket to America's "Last Frontier"

Set between a soaring mountain, a shimmering glacier and a glassy strait, Juneau could be one of the world's most scenic cities. While it was once a bustling gold mining town, today it's one of North America's most iconic adventure destinations. The isolated Alaskan capital is accessible only by boat or plane, which gives it a wonderfully off-grid feel. Whether you're planning a family getaway or an intrepid adventure, Juneau vacation rentals unlock access to this slice of the "Last Frontier".

Things to do

Alaskan panoramas from Juneau's Mount Roberts Tramway

Fed by the Juneau Icefield, the Mendenhall Glacier sparkles in the sunlight. You can learn about glacier ecology at the visitor center or stretch your legs on the impossibly scenic Photo-Overlook Trail. For the best views in town, head up the Mount Roberts Tramway. It whisks passengers to the summit of Mount Roberts, where you'll get sweeping views over Juneau. Want to wake up to an Alaskan panorama? Set right on the water's edge, Juneau vacation rentals will elevate your morning coffee to the next level.

Activities

Glaciers and grizzly bears in Juneau

In the summer, Juneau serves as a jumping point for a host of outdoor adventures. Strolling around the downtown core, you'll see signs for whale-watching cruises, grizzly bear tours, scenic seaplane flights, zip lining and more. The hiking is incredible, with a string of trails within walking distance of the city center. If you've ever wanted to kayak around the foot of a glacier, now is your chance. Mendenhall Lake is a spectacular place for a paddle, with miniature icebergs dotting its surface during the summer.

Weather

Endless summers in Juneau

Juneau attracts the majority of its visitors in the summer, when Alaska enjoys clear skies, comfortable temperatures and long days. In fact, the sun barely sets in June and July. Summer also corresponds with whale migration season. Planning a summer of adventure? With so much to see and do, it's worth settling in with family-sized Juneau vacation rentals. If you don't mind the cold, late spring and early fall can be incredibly rewarding times to visit Juneau, with irresistible discounts on everything from airfares to lodging. Don't worry – it doesn't get much colder than cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis.

Natural features

Tooth and claw wildlife in Juneau

While Mendenhall Glacier tends to steal the spotlight, nearby Tracy Arm Fjord is just as spectacular. The 27-mile-long inlet is hemmed in by 3000-foot-high cliffs dotted with cascading waterfalls. In the summer, it's an incredible place to spot bears, whales, eagles, seals and other Alaskan wildlife. For a change of pace, why not spend the day in Point Bridget State Park? You can beachcomb on the rocky coastline, hike along rainforest trails and spot sea lions frolicking in the surf. Closer to home, you'll find family-friendly attractions like Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure, an Alaskan botanical garden covering a 50-acre footprint.

How to get there

How to get to and around Juneau

The nearest airport is in Juneau, AK (JNU-Juneau Intl.), located 7.5 mi (12.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Excursion Inlet, AK (EXI), which is 38.2 mi (61.5 km) away.

Where to stay around Juneau?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 80 vacation rentals near Juneau. From 3 Cabins to 27 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Juneau for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Juneau?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Juneau. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • West Juneau: 19 vacation rentals
  • Douglas: 17 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 27 vacation rentals
  • Mendenhall Valley: 19 vacation rentals
  • Juneau International Airport (JNU): 80 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Juneau! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Juneau?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Juneau. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Alaska Governor's Mansion: 80 rentals
  • Mendenhall Glacier: 81 rentals
  • Macaulay Salmon Hatchery: 81 rentals
  • St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church: 81 rentals
  • Mount Roberts: 81 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Juneau listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.