Often the first port of every Alaskan cruise, Juneau is the unofficial welcome to one of the last remaining untamed frontiers of the world. While the city of Juneau itself provides plenty of modern amenities and wonderful dining opportunities, there is so much more to explore. Thanks to the help of Norwegian Cruise Line’s incredible onshore excursions, you can take a walk on the wild side, have your breath stolen by otherworldly sights and set the tone for an Alaskan adventure you won’t soon forget.
DISCOVER A BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE RAINFOREST
While a hike through Alaska’s rainforests would provide plenty of serene scenes of the lush canopy in addition to a refreshing breath of fresh air, there is a more exciting way. Experience the eagle-eye perspective with Alaska’s Ultimate Canopy and Zipline Expedition.
With some lines towering above the ground at 100 feet tall and spanning over 800 feet in length, you will truly feel like you’re flying as the wind and scenery rushes by. Along the way, try your hand at ax-throwing to fully feel like a lumberjack. Finally, thanks to the stunning treehouse platforms on either side of the lines and the aerial suspension bridge you’ll cross, there are plenty of opportunities to snap a photo—the perfect memento to accompany memories you’ll treasure forever.
HIT THE ROAD FOR THE BEST GLACIER VIEWING
While you could stroll the streets of Juneau and admire the sights on the horizon, there is the option to fully immerse yourself with a bike ride for the ages. The Bike & Brew Glacier View takes you on a tour of the Alaskan countryside, as well as to multiple vantage points for the Mendenhall Glacier.
Begin with a visit to the aptly named Chapel-by-the-Lake, a quaint chapel hosting stunning views of Auke Lake, with the Mendenhall Glacier sitting regally in the background. Then, ride along the west side of the Mendenhall Glacier for a chance to enjoy the sights, sounds and fresh air of the Alaskan rainforest, accompanied by expert commentary from your local guide. You’ll then get to pause and enjoy the view with both a scenic lakeshore pitstop, as well as a designated visitor area on the east side of the glacier. After a fulfilling bike ride admiring the glacier from all angles, head back to town and reward yourself with a tasting of the many award-winning beers from Alaska.
As thrilling as either of these options are, they’re just the start of an Alaskan adventure. To discover what else Alaska offers, contact a travel specialist today and begin planning the adventure of a lifetime.