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Old 03-25-2005, 10:15 PM   #1
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Question Juneau info needed

Hey all,

I'm going to Juneau for a week in April, just to bum around as a tourist. I'll be on foot, with a minumum of baggage, and probably money too! I'd like some advice on what the "Don't miss" places/features/museums/restaurants are.

I see there are two hostels in town, I may go that route. Any other suggestions for lodging?

Thanks for the info,

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Old 03-26-2005, 12:11 AM   #2
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My sincere condolences..... is your best bet. I spent a month in Juneanu one week. Bring raingear.
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Old 03-26-2005, 12:54 AM   #3
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There's a big glacier at one end of the road and somebody's driveway at the other end of the road. You'll cross the bridge to Douglas for something to do and I'm sure there's something there that made 'em spend enough to put that bridge in but I couldn't find it.

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Old 03-26-2005, 05:52 AM   #4
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.......I spent a month in Juneanu one week..


That nice, huh?
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Old 03-26-2005, 09:25 PM   #5
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This is sounding pretty grim...
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Old 03-26-2005, 09:54 PM   #6
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In all seriousness
If you don't have some compelling work related reason to go to Juneau, I wouldn't bother. Like Legion said, there's a glacier, and it's a spectacular one, but that's about it. Some cruise ship touristy stuff, but nothing that can't be done most anywhere else. Too early for fishing. A tram that goes up the mountain. Helicopter glacier tours, bring raingear and a low balance visa card.
One of my co-workers spent a week in Juneau covering for a vacationing person and said, and this is a quote, "I felt like I was on restriction."
Skagway has more interesting history and it's on the road system. Juneau isn't.
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Old 03-26-2005, 10:15 PM   #7
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You can take pictures of bears at the dump
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Old 03-27-2005, 02:04 AM   #8
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Hey all,

I'm going to Juneau for a week in April, just to bum around as a tourist. I'll be on foot, with a minumum of baggage, and probably money too! I'd like some advice on what the "Don't miss" places/features/museums/restaurants are.

I see there are two hostels in town, I may go that route. Any other suggestions for lodging?

Thanks for the info,

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Dude........stop in and slap the livln' shit out of everyone of those clowns in the Legislature. Guv'ner Murky too......
Tell 'em Fighter sent ya.




Why screw with Juneau????
Couple more days.............. you could be in Alaska.
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:20 AM   #9
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Alcatraz with a view...

is how I remember the 6 1/2 years I lived in Juneau.
Everyone has his or her own opinion. However, I think Juneau is an elitist upper-middle class government town with a really seedy underbelly that most Juneau residents choose to ignore. Residents of the "Forbidden City" hold themselves in high regard because they, and they alone, get the significance of living there. The rest of Alaska residents are not worthy of living or even visiting Juneau for longer than a day, which is why Juneau remains the most isolated state capitol in the U.S.

Having said that...
don't miss the sticky cinnamon bagels at the Silverbow bakery. Also, drive "out the road" to the Shrine of St. Theresa. These activities, along with a trip to the glacier will take you about 3/4 of a day. You may be lucky and visit during one of the 6 sunny days Juneau has each summer. If not, enjoy the rain and gray skies.
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:33 AM   #10
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You can always rent a bike and go riding. Takes about fifteen minutes and then you're done.
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Old 03-27-2005, 06:04 PM   #11
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You can always rent a bike and go riding. Takes about fifteen minutes and then you're done.
BTW, that's a bicycle, not a motocikkle......


Hey see-dub long time no hear.....what's happening dude?
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:13 PM   #12
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BTW, that's a bicycle, not a motocikkle......


Hey see-dub long time no hear.....what's happening dude?
They still got the rickshaw bike trip thing there?

And I second the C-dub call. Hope all's good for you, bud.
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Old 03-28-2005, 09:44 AM   #13
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Hey you guys, quit bashing Juneau! Alright, it is an elitist government town with a seedy underbelly. But, it is also quite beautiful. You can go "out the road" to Auke Bay and walk around, go to the glacier, visit the Shrine of Saint Therese, climb Mount Roberts, take the Mount Juneau tram, ski at Eaglecrest, or just stroll the boat harbors. I lived there for a couple of years, and even graduated from JDHS, and if there were any real jobs, I'd still live there!
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They still got the rickshaw bike trip thing there?

And I second the C-dub call. Hope all's good for you, bud.
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Old 03-28-2005, 01:01 PM   #14
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BTW, that's a bicycle, not a motocikkle......


Hey see-dub long time no hear.....what's happening dude?
Been hibernating of course. Each time I look out the window I say to myself: Great, summer is finally here. Then I actually leave the cave, and DAMN if there isn't a fresh layer of snow on the ground.
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Old 03-28-2005, 04:26 PM   #15
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I have stayed at the "Alaskan Hotel", central, cheap, noisy bar downstairs and some semi-permanent residents - perfect.

http://www.ptialaska.net/~akhotel/
Alaskan Hotel, 167 South Franklin Street
907-586-1000/1-800-327-9374

What makes any stay at the Alaskan memorable, is this wonderful establishment just across the street.

http://www.triangleclubbar.com/

When you regain consciousness, take a full day boat trip up the Tracy Arm (about 1/5 the cost of Glacier Bay).
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