We visited Juneau on our Alaskan Cruise. Juneau is only accessible by boat or plane. There are no roads that go out of town.We decided to rent a car in Juneau so we could explore on our own. Our first stop was the Mendenhall Glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier is about 15 minutes outside of town. It was really easy to find and so beautiful. There are tons of hiking trails around Mendenhall Glacier. The visitor center is filled with really cool displays and knowledgeable staff.
We decided to drive the road out of town and see just how far it went. I have to say there is not much at the end of the road except for a sign that says “end”. The drive was really pretty even with all of the construction. You drive along the coastline and can see out over the water and mountains. We watched seals in the water and had a great picnic overlooking the water.
One of my favorite parts of Juneau is the Bald Eagles. They are everywhere. When we went and picked up our rental car I mentioned how excited I was to see them to the car rental agent. She said that they are like crows and by the end of the day I will not even notice them. I thought this was crazy when she told me. I have to say by the end of the day though I could see what she meant. We were sitting in the Costco parking lot and they were everywhere. I just sat back and watched them fly by. I really wish I could have gotten a great picture of one. They were always just out of reach of my camera lens for a great photo.
We dropped the car off and headed back to the boat to drop off all of our purchases. The great thing about Juneau is the boat is docked within walking distance of the city. We were able to drop everything off and walk into town. The town is a super easy 5-10 minute walk along a paved sidewalk.
We walked through the stores and headed to the Red Dog Saloon. You cannot miss the Red Dog Saloon while you are walking through town. The bright red swinging doors beckon you to check it out. Oh my goodness this is a true Alaska classic. There is sawdust on the floor, animals on the walls, interesting characters working at the bar and great music. We indulged in a classic Alaska drink….the Duck Fart. I have to admit that we forgot to get a picture the first time we drank the Duck Fart shot so we had to order a 2nd round. We ended up drinking 3 rounds of Duck Farts just to make sure we had this great photo.
I was very warm on the inside and relaxed after 3 rounds of Duck Farts. There was a great singer at the Red Dog Saloon. He was quite the character and had rotating tip buckets including his blind puppy fund and Viagra fund.