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  1. Tracy Arm is a favorite of locals, as well! Great choice and well worth the long day. Bring a book or card game for the ride there and back.
  2. In the summer here, the sun actually rises more to the south-southeast and sets in the northwest. And you could quite possibly never see the sun at all, but will have a wonderful time anyway. 😀
  3. It is on Basin Rd, all the way to the top of the (steep) hill from downtown, over a one-lane wooden bridge, just before Basin Rd. crosses Gold Creek. It is open. It is on the same road that ends at Perseverance trailhead, and the mining museum.
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    Best Port for Hiking

    In Juneau you can take the tram to the top of Mt Roberts and hike for miles in the alpine. It is beautiful in any weather and right by the dock. Bring plenty of snacks and watch for porcupines, mountain goats, and bears. Tons of wildflowers too!
  5. Definitely the glacier before the other ships arrive. Then Eagle Beach, and stop at the arboretum and the Shrine of St. Therese on the way back. You should have time for all of these things. Beware the wet mud at the beach. You can easily sink and lose a shoe at low tide.
  6. May 12 Chicagof Dream Alaskan Dream Cruises Sitka to Juneau, 7 nights
  7. First trip report here, but thought it would be worthwhile as there isn’t much around on Alaskan Dream Cruises. I’m an Alaskan resident living in Juneau, but have only lived in Southeast Alaska for about 5 years. I have lots left to see. This Alaskan-owned line based in Sitka offers resident mega deals on their first sailings of the season, so a friend and I are splurging on a moms’ adventure together. We are flying over to Sitka the day before and plan to tour ourselves around. She has never been, and I used to live there. I have always wanted to take this expedition-style cruise and am excited to have found a way to afford it 🤣. I am most looking forward to...everything! We have stops in Kake, Petersburg, and Orca Pt. Lodge, as well as a day in Tracy Arm and a day in Glacier Bay. Unplanned hiking and kayaking adventures are in store, as well as spectacular food and only about 70 passengers onboard. We we are sharing a 2-room suite.
  8. Left and Uber are very sparse here. They can’t be relied upon, especially during normal business hours. You can schedule ahead with Juneau Taxi or Alaska Pedicab.
  9. The pilots are the experts. If they won’t do it, it’s definitely not safe. Ketchikan is routinely windy, and Juneau can easily be windy as well.
  10. Seward will be best. Anywhere closer to the gulf. Juneau is decent, especially in August.
  11. If it goes to Orca Point, it is with Allen Marine. They own the lodge. That means you will board the boat in a Auke Bay, requiring a bus ride of about 30 minutes from the ship. The bus will pick up right bear the Mt. Roberts Tramway parking lot, most likely. That is a short and flat journey from all docks aside from the one that is furthest south, used by the big Norwegian ships. That dock is quite a haul from the main port area.
  12. The Denali area itself is not a place that many locals live year-round. It is full of tourist places. The 49th State Brewing is good. If you take a little detour on the way, to Talkeetna, you can get a true local experience at the Talkeetna Roadhouse or the brewery across the street. We are Alaskan and huge fans of Moose’s Tooth. If we fly in and begin a road trip front Anchorage, we always stop for some pizza to go for the road. Another tip- get basics as far as groceries before leaving Anchorage. Snack food, fruit, quick breakfast stuff, etc. once you head north, these things get much more expensive.
  13. Twisted fish is just okay. The Fish & Chips place in the Hangar building right next to the little cabin for the Taku Lodge floatplanes is my go-to for cod and chips. But wander away from the waterfront a bit up to the Rookery, or In Boca al Lupo/Panhandle Provisions for a taste of our true culinary talent. Also, the pizza on Wednesdays at Devils Club Brewing is amazing (as is the beer).
  14. An umbrella stroller would have a hard time, but anything with larger wheels should be good. FYI, Nugget Falls is at the Mendenhall Glacier. You can either just walk to the “photo point”, which is completely accessible, or walk about a mile each way on the path along the lake to the falls. The beach there is fun for kids and a great photo op.
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