Getting to Juneau can be it's own Adventure

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If you're looking for an adventure in the great outdoors, then getting to Juneau, Alaska should be at the top of your list. Located in the southeastern panhandle of Alaska, Juneau is known for its stunning natural scenery, rich cultural history, and vibrant arts scene. However, getting to Juneau isn’t always as simple as driving down the highway. In this post, we'll explore the different ways to get to Juneau, what you can expect from each option and some money saving tips.

By Air: Juneau International Airport (JNU) is connected to major cities across the United States. Direct flights to Juneau are available from Seattle and Anchorage. Only 2 major airlines offer service to Juneau, Alaska Airlines and Delta. While it may be a bit more expensive than other options, flying is the quickest and most convenient way to get to Juneau, and make sure to claim the window seat, the views during the approach and landing can be breathtaking.

By Ferry: If you want to take a more leisurely and scenic route, then taking a ferry to Juneau is a great option. The Alaska Marine Highway, operated by the Alaska Department of Transportation, connects Juneau to other communities across the state's southeastern coast. The ferry system is a lifeline for many remote communities, and it is also popular among tourists who want to explore the stunning coastal scenery. There are several different routes available, if you are coming from the lower 48, they you journey will begin in Billingham WA., and fares vary depending on the season, the length of the journey and if you get a state room. The most adventurous among us pitch a tent on the observation deck and sleep under the stars, clouds or even the Northern Lights. If you have time to spare and want to see more of Alaska's rugged coastline, then taking a ferry to Juneau is an excellent choice.

By Road: Unlike most cities in the United States, Juneau is not accessible by road. There are no roads connecting the city to the rest of Alaska or the lower 48 states. However, you can still reach Juneau by driving to nearby communities and then taking a ferry or flying the rest of the way. For example, you could drive to Haines or Skagway, both of which are accessible by road, and then take a ferry to Juneau. This route is popular among those who want to see more of Alaska's interior, including the stunning Yukon Territory in Canada.

Want to save of your trip? Who am I kidding, of course you do. We recommend signing up for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card prior to booking your flights. This card offers great bonuses and perks when you sign up (this is not a paid endorsement, although I wish it were. If check the wallet/purse of any Juneauite and you will find this card).

The Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card does have a $75 annual fee, but immediately gives you savings on your trip to Juneau. It comes with a “Buy One Get One for $99 ticket” and as of February 2023, the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card offers a sign-up bonus of 50,000 miles (if booked in advance you can find round trip tickets at 25,000 miles, so this could equate to 2 free round-trip tickets) and a $100 statement credit after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 90 days of account opening. If you book your flight with their Visa, you also get 1 free checked bag for each member of your party up to 6. If timed properly, this could mean you buy 1 ticket and get 3 for free and have free checked bags!

Once you arrive in Juneau, there are plenty of things to see and do. You can explore the stunning Mendenhall Glacier, go whale watching in the nearby waters, or learn about the rich cultural heritage of the Tlingit people. Whether you arrive by air, ferry, or road, you're sure to be struck by the beauty and majesty of this remarkable city. So, if you're looking for an adventure in the great outdoors, then getting to Juneau, Alaska should be at the top of your list.