Alaska’s capital Juneau is about as picturesque as they come in America. On one side of the coastal city is the nation’s largest wilderness area, and on the other hundreds of islands poking out of the sea. Travel a few miles north of town and you can walk on Mendenhall Glacier. This is Alaska at its finest, and since Juneau is the state’s third-largest city, it has the added bonus of great restaurants, wild nightlife, and even a handful of cultural venues.
Hotels in Juneau
Hotel rates in Juneau are steep and rooms are often hard to come by in the busy summer tourist season so plan ahead. There are all kinds of accommodations in the capital, from the mountain chic Silverbow Inn to the family-friendly Goldbelt Hotel. Most hotels are tucked into the compact downtown core, with a few standouts along the roads heading into the wilderness.
Where to stay
To keep your head in the game, it’s fun to stay right in the heart of Juneau. You won’t sacrifice any scenery or fresh air downtown, and some of the hotels like the Alaskas Capital Inn Bed & Breakfast are absolute charmers.
Many travelers prefer to avoid the mildly urban vibe of the city and stay a few miles out of town along Shell Simmons Drive, one of the only roads leading out of Juneau. There are several good hotels strung along this road and near the university, such as the Travelodge Hotel Juneau, which offers some of the most affordable rates in the area.