JUNEAU, AK

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 Terminal and departure info

Ticket Counter

The Wings of Alaska ticket counter is located just inside the terminal at Juneau International Airport on the first level.

Security Screening

Currently, all Wings of Alaska flights departing from Juneau do not require TSA screening. Passengers can arrive 30 minutes prior to departure for check-in.

Parking and Ground Transportation

Parking is managed through Juneau International Airport. Please contact the airport directly for more information.

 Events and festivals

Alaska Folk Festival

Juneau Jazz and Classics

Annual Juneau Salmon Derby

Juneau Gold Rush Days

 

Find out more about festivals and events in Juneau.

 

 Local attractions

The Mount Roberts Tramway

Alaska State Museum

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

 

Check out TripAdvisor's list of recommended Juneau attractions.

 

 About

Population: 31, 275

At the base of grand mountain peaks and at the pristine waterfront of the Gastineau Channel is Juneau, known as "Alaska's Peak Experience." Alaska's capital city, Juneau is located in Southeast Alaska. The Tongass Rainforest climate provides Juneau with lush terrain and vibrant wildflowers.

Early settlers included miners during Alaska's gold rush and Russian fur traders. The Tlingit and Haida Indians were the first settlers to the area and Native Alaska influence is prominent in Juneau today.

 Other Community Information

Home of the State Legislature

The State, City & Borough of Juneau, and federal agencies provide nearly 45% of the employment in the community. Juneau is home to State Legislators, their families and staff during the legislative session between January and May. Don't miss a visit to the State Capitol on your next visit to Juneau. This historic building is open year round.

Tourism, mining, fishing and more

Tourism is a significant contributor to the private sector economy during the summer months, providing a $130 million income and nearly 2,000 jobs. Support services for logging and fish processing contribute to the economy. More than 500 residents hold commercial fishing permits. The state operates a hatchery which increases the local salmon population, and cold storage facilities process more than two million pounds of seafood yearly. The Kennecott Greens Creek Mine produces gold, silver, lead and zinc, and is the largest silver mine in North America.

Climate

Juneau has a mild, maritime climate. Average summer temperatures range from 44F to 65F; winter temperatures range from 25F to 35F. It is in the mildest climate zone in Alaska. Annual precipitation is 92 inches in downtown Juneau, and 54 inches ten miles north at the airport. Snowfall averages 101 inches per year.

 

Interesting facts

  • Although the Gastineau Channel was a favorite fishing ground for local Tlingit Indians, the town was founded on gold nuggets. In 1880, Sitka mining engineer George Pilz offered a reward to any local chief who could lead him to gold-bearing ore. Chief Kowee of the Auk Tlingit tribe arrived with just that ore and Pilz sent two prospectors, Joe Juneau and Dick Harris, to investigate.
  • At the head of Gold Creek they found, in the words of Harris, 'little lumps as large as peas and beans.' On October 18, 1880, the two men staked out a 160-acre town site, and almost overnight a mining camp appeared. It was the state's first major gold strike, and within a year the camp became a small town, the first to be founded after Alaska's purchase from the Russians.
  • Initially, the town was called Harrisburg and then Rockwell, then in 1881 the miners met and officially named it after Juneau. The post office was established shortly later, and the name has stuck. After the declining whaling and fur trade reduced the importance of Sitka, the capital of Alaska was moved to Juneau in 1906.
  • The Treadwell and Ready Bullion mines across the channel on Douglas Island became world-scale mines, operating from 1882 to 1917. In 1916, the Alaska-Juneau gold mine was built on the mainland, and became the largest operation of its kind in the world. In 1917, a cave-in and flood closed the Treadwell mine on Douglas. It produced $66 million in gold in its 35 years of operation. Fishing, canneries, transportation and trading services, and a sawmill contributed to Juneau's growth through the early 1900s. The A-J Mine closed in 1944, after producing over $80 million in gold.
  • Alaska became the 49th state in 1959 and Juneau has continued to grow as a vibrant and exciting capital city.