Wednesday, May 31, 2023


An afternoon in historic downtown Juneau

It’s getting toward the end of the RV travel season in Alaska; however, many visitors still crowd the streets of Juneau’s historic district. (RVers end up in Juneau because it is a year-round
port-of-call for the Alaska Marine Highway System (1-800-642-0066,

Downtown Juneau from Mt. Roberts Tramway

Juneau has its roots in the Tlingit people, who for centuries hunted
and fished along the shores of Gastineau Channel. Gold was discovered in
the early 1880s and soon boatloads of prospectors arrived.

Juneau became the state capital in 1959 when Alaska was granted statehood. Today around 32,000 folks call Juneau home.

with museums, memorials and heritage centers, two popular attractions
we took in one afternoon were the Mount Roberts Tramway and the Red Dog

2000′ above Gastineau Channel

The aerial tramway lifts riders almost 2,000
feet above the downtown, delivering them into Sitka spruce forests.
There are amazing views of the surrounding mountains and waterways.
(One of the frequent ferries or cruise ships that dock in Juneau can be spotted on Gastineau Channel.) Tickets run around $33 a person and can be used all day long.

View along Franklin Street
toward the Red Dog Saloon
in historic downtown Juneau

Ask anyone who visits Juneau the ‘one place’ not to miss and the majority of those over 21 will say: The Red Dog Saloon.

Jimmy Smith in Red Dog Saloon, Juneau

With roots dating to Juneau’s gold rush heyday, the Red Dog Saloon is a classic ‘raucous’ spot that is popular with old geezers and history buffs.

The walls of the saloon are adorned with an elaborate collection of animal heads and memorabilia, including hundreds of $1 bills.

Julianne G. Crane

All photos by Julianne G. Crane 

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Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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5 years ago

I am really curious about how you get to Juneau in an RV. The only way I know how to get there is by airplane or ship.

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