Exploring Juneau’s Sea Trails and the Alaska Marine Highway

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Exploring Juneau’s Sea Trails and the Alaska Marine Highway

Ready to explore the natural wonders of Juneau, Alaska? You can’t beat the views of our majestic mountains against the waters of the Inside Passage. Our Juneau hotel is situated in the heart of downtown and is the perfect starting point for adventurers looking to discover the wonders of the region. Join us on a journey through Juneau’s sea trails and experience the unique charm of the Alaska Marine Highway.

Enjoying Juneau’s Sea Trails

Juneau is home to a network of sea trails. This means visitors have tons of opportunities to connect with the wilderness. These trails run along the rugged coastline and give you amazing views of snow-capped peaks, verdant forests, and pristine waters.

One of the most popular sea trails is the Perseverance Trail. Why? It traces the route of an old mining tramway through the Tongass National Forest. As you hike this historic trail, you’ll encounter remnants of Juneau’s gold mining past. We’re talking about things like abandoned mine shafts and rusting machinery. Be on guard for wildlife, too; there are usually bald eagles soaring overhead. You may even meet some bears on the hunt for snacks!

Want a more challenging adventure? You’re in luck! The West Glacier Trail provides a thrilling trek through alpine meadows and rough terrain. It wraps up at the beautiful West Glacier, where you can check out the raw power of nature as big ice chunks break off into the sea below. No matter which sea trail you choose, you’ll definitely come across unforgettable views.

Cruising the Alaska Marine Highway

While Juneau’s sea trails show off the region’s wilderness, the Alaska Marine Highway opens up access to even more remote corners of the state. If you’re not familiar, the Alaska Marine Highway is known as the “Blue Canoe.” It’s a network of ferry routes that crisscross the waters of the Inside Passage. The highway connects our coastal communities and supplies essential transportation for both locals and visitors.

Juneau’s an awesome basecamp for Alaska exploration. You can take a scenic ferry journey to places like Sitka, Ketchikan, and the remote communities of Southeast Alaska, all from Juneau. These ferry trips also give travelers a chance to see fjords and glaciers. And did we mention the abundance of marine wildlife? Keep an eye out for whales, seals, and sea otters, too.

What’s cool is you have the option to take a quick one-day trip or a multi-day trip along the Inside Passage. Either way, the Alaska Marine Highway offers a memorable way to experience the unmatched beauty of Alaska’s coastal wilderness.


Juneau’s a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. From exploring sea trails that wind through ancient forests to cruising the pristine waters of the Inside Passage aboard the Alaska Marine Highway, there’s no shortage of authentic experiences in this breathtaking corner of the world.

What are you waiting for? Book your stay at our downtown Juneau hotel and start planning your unforgettable Alaskan getaway. We can’t wait to welcome you to our little slice of paradise!

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