and remember to be decent to everyoneall of the time.
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Next time a little advanced notice would help. Based on your picture you are staying in the Mendenhall Apartments...
Great hikes are right outside your door. Take a left, head up gold all the way to the top, take a right on 8th, and a left on Basin road and just keep walking. At the end of Basin is a Mining Museum and Perseverance Trail which gets to the Mt Juneau and Granite Creek Basin Trails. I heartily recommend Granite Creek, but it will be RAINY. A short ways (about a mile and a half) up the very easy Perseverance Trail is Ebner Falls-really purty and insanely huge with all of our recent rain.
The Rookery Cafe on Seward (take a right head over one block and take a left) has AMAZING food. Also on Seward, Salt has the cocktails covered. Rainbow Foods at 4th and Franklin-right next door-has a pretty good selection for the organic set. The lunch buffet is expensive and good. Tracey's Crab Shack crab bisque is worth it.
Ditto #1 above and especially the Tracey Arm cruise-it is really a great deal.
The City Museum on 4th and Main is cute, too bad the State Museum is closed. The Sealaska Building-the "big" white one at the base of Main Street-has some very good Tlingit art in the lobby.
And fyi, the lot across from the Mendenhall Apartments is where the Bird Man of Alcatraz killed his first man!
The artist has a shop in Juneau: https://wmspear.com/
Very nice to see so many all at once.
Also, agreement with Mendenhall Glacier and tram to top of the mountain. But nobody has suggested Wm. Spear Designs, so I thought to toss that in.
Go get breakfast at Southeast Waffle Co. at Auke Bay
I haven't had a chance to visit it but I've heard good things about the State Historical Museum if that appeals to you.
By all means, see the state Capitol! I'm on a quest to see all 50 and Juneau may be the most remote. I liked it although the façade resembles a bank. One could walk right by it and not know it is the Capitol building.
I checked out the Mendenhall all right. Quite breathtaking.
Talk about the weather.
Silverbow bakery is tasty and has a fun PacNW vibe. The salmon lox bagel sandwich is delicious!!
The Shrine of St. Therese is really lovely, as well. You can wander around the grounds, just be respectful of any group who has rented the cabins. But you can walk out to the little "island" with the church. Often you can see otters nearby or whales further out. http://www.shrineofsainttherese.org/
Unless they moved the Abraham Lincoln totem pole in the last few years, it's in a park/reserve just south of town, not inside a museum.
From Wikipedia: The glacier has also receded 1.75 miles since 1958, ..., and over 2.5 miles since 1500.
That first fact would be sure ammunition for use against the deniers, but I can't account for the retreat over the last 500 years...
Go to Mendenhall glacier, because it's a freakin' glacier and won't be there for all that long.
Go hike around the beach, and then into the forest after the Treadwell Mine ruins in Douglas - it's a nice tree-covered stroll through some sweet wreckage.
Giggle at the fact that "glory hole" used to be a mining term and not something you find at Pony, and so there are a few things with the phrase still inexplicably in their name (e.g., the soup kitchen downtown)
OK, so I haven't done it in 30 years. But my dad can do it, so I'm sure I can. Figure 2 hours up, one down. Or, if you're short on time or you're a wuss, take the tram up and hike down.
Get out of fakey cruise-ship-land -- that's not actually Juneau, it's only occupied as many days as there are cruise ships here. In the heart of downtown ask five locals what to do and they will happily show you the fun stuff. Tip: it's far as hell from what the cruise ship companies will try to sell you. The people here are what's awesome. Talk to the people.
Recommendations: Gold Town Theater, City Museum, food at the Rookery and Sandpiper, Alaska Robotics Gallery, the Doll Museum (hard to find and weird and one of a kind), Alaskan Brewing, hike up to the tram and take it back down (way better than the tram alone), go look at the apocalyptic Treadwell Mine ruins on Douglass.
Most of what you can do up there is hike and see nature. Most everything else is a distraction. I'd say that Native American culture is also a strong feature, but I'm not sure how you tap into that in Juneau. Sitka is better for that.
More than anything, make sure you get a window seat on the left side of the plane on the way home, and make sure your flight is during the day. The glacier fields are beautiful.
And next time go up during their folk festival. It's a great cultural event.