The ruins of the old company mining town of Treadwell can be found in the woods south of the old town of Douglas. At the time a tunnel collapsed under Gastineau Channel in 1917 and flooded the mine, the Treadwell Mine complex of 5 mines was the area's largest gold mine. It left behind a beach of sand created by the 500 stamp mill which crushed the gold bearing quartz and a flooded mine shaft. Old pilings and the concrete fire pump house on the beach are the most visible remnants of what was once a thriving community.
Historic Downtown Juneau
Our downtown historic district and mining area tour travels past the gold rush era buildings of the original townsite, to the area where the gold discovery that founded Juneau occurred, and past historic homes, the Governor's Mansion, and State Capitol.
Watch salmon swimming upstream in the fish ladder, fighting to enter the hatchery and spawn. Visit the aquarium with its many Alaskan fish, shellfish, and other animals.
Juneau's most accessible glacier can be viewed from the Visitor Center. You can walk to Nugget Falls or watch for bears feeding on sockeye salmon from platforms over Steep Creek.
Chapel By The Lake
This beautiful handcrafted log chapel has a magnificent view of Mendenhall Glacier and Auke Lake through its window wall.
Shrine of St. Therese
This stone chapel located on an island connected by a causeway, is a National Shrine dedicated to St. Therese of Liseux. It's the centerpiece of a retreat center with fantastic views, landscaped gardens, and wild berry patches. The peace, quiet, and beautiful views of Lynn Canal enchant our visitors.
The lovingly restored gardens of this pioneer Juneau homestead contain the largest collection of primroses in North America. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays - limited to groups no larger than 10.
The large glacial sand flat estuary of the Eagle and Herbert Rivers is habitat for bears, eagles, geese, ravens, and shorebirds, with Lynn Canal and Chilkat Range vistas.
In the winter, it's Juneau's world-class ski area for skiers and boarders. In the summer, it's the only alpine meadow area that's on a road.
The highway along the north end of Douglas Island has views of Auke Bay and Mendenhall and Lemon Glaciers, as well as seals and salmon spawning streams.
Alaskan Brewing Company, winner of many gold medals for their signature Alaskan Amber and Alaskan Smoke Porter, welcomes visitors to their taproom for bear tastings and brewery tours.
Founded in 1989, it's the largest brewery in Alaska and the 20th largest craft brewery in the US. Their beer is now distributed as far east as Michigan and as far south as Texas. The brewery is Juneau's largest non-mining exporter.
Their recently remodeled tasting room keeps up to 12 of the brewery's beers on tap, including experimental beers that will never be distributed outside of Juneau. A 4-sample beer tasting flight is $8.00 per person.
This unique 50 acre wilderness garden with its unique "flower trees" is full of color and floral beauty. The garden provides its own tour on the garden's trails to the bluff viewpoint above the Mendenhall Wetlands, with views toward downtown Juneau and Lynn Canal using their extended golf carts. The tour costs $24.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 6-12, + 5% sales tax. We drop you here and return an hour and a half later to pick you up and continue the tour.