Mount Roberts Tramway

#5 in Best Things To Do in Juneau
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Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau

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490 South Franklin Street

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Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If your time in Juneau is limited, the Mount Roberts Tramway is the easiest and fastest way to gain an appreciation for the city's beautiful natural setting. Just south of downtown, the tram starts near the cruise ship dock. The five-minute ride takes you 1,800 feet halfway up the mountain for some spectacular views of Juneau and Gastineau Channel. From there, you can explore the terrain further on one of the hiking trails.

Most visitors were pleased with the experience, though some were disappointed that the tram ride to the top wasn't longer, especially for the ticket price. However, all agreed that the views were stunning (don't forget your camera!). Another tip from travelers: Avoid visiting the tram as soon as the cruise ship docks, which is when it's most crowded. You could waste all of your time in port waiting in line.

At $33 for adult tickets (and $16 for kids between 6 and 12), the tramway can be expensive for some. Although, that price includes all-day unlimited rides, a short film viewing and a visit to the Juneau Raptor Center and the Raven Eagle Gifts & Gallery. The facility is open May through September with hours varying by the day. You'll be able to spot the tram's big red building from your ship (it sits on the cruise ship dock). For more information, check out the tramway's website.

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A "fjord" is a Nordic term meaning a narrow waterway surrounded by sharp cliffs. So while Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier steals most of the tourist traffic, the 27-mile-long Tracy Arm Fjord is the bigger, better and more dramatic natural gem. The inlet is very narrow – at times, no more than half a mile wide – with cliffs that rise more than 3,000 feet on either side and waterfalls that cascade down the steep rock walls. During the summer, you can spot eagles, seals, bears and whales here. 

Recent visitors said that if you only have time for one experience in Juneau, this is it. Travelers described the glacial scenery as "incredible" and "breathtaking," and recommended bringing along a quality set of binoculars and a camera to capture the scene. 

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