This is a very pretty city (well not really a city more like a town). We took a lot of photos here because it was so lush! It was fun to watch all of the salmon in the river. Truly amazing! We did not plan any shore excursions here so we mostly just walked around and explored. There are some really cool art galleries with quality work. There are hiking trails back up in the hills (ask locals for locations). The hillsides are lush and there are lot of small creeks. There really is no need to pay for any guides or trips as everything within walking distance is fun and scenic. Lots of people near ships and in creekside area, but gets pretty quiet the further away you walk until you find yourself mostly alone.
Juneau istelf is not much to write home about. The sea plane port was interesting. Not nearly as pretty as Ketchikan in town, but out of the center of town it is gorgeous! We watched a lot of planes take off here and got some good photos. We did not do a shore excursion here either. We walked back up out of the town and hiked up a trail to the cable car location. we only ran into 3 other people on the entire trail. It was a steep hike. Scenery was beautiful! We were sweating and it was only 50 degrees F out. We took cable car back down (it is free to go down - only folks coming up have to pay).
We did do a shore exursion here just because we were here all day long and and the town itself is tiny and only tourist based. Our shore exursion was great! We went to Spirit Lake and did horseback riding and canoeing. horseback riding was enjoyable and much more authentic than most rides where you ride on a nice open path on a slow old horse. These horses were lively and had personality. The area up here is much dryer than near the water so trees are smaller and there is less lush undergrowth. Canoeing was awesome as we were largely left alone to paddle at lesiure across the lake where our guide talked to us for awhile and then we were given free time to paddle around wherever we wished. The lunch they fed us was absolutely fantastic!!! Tasted like something mom would make. It was just soup, and sandwiches, and pie, but all were fresh and perfectly made. I would highly recommend that excursion!!!
This port was a disappointment. We probably should have done an exursion. There is not much to do in town on your own. The locals did not seem all that enthralled about the tourists whereas in Alaska they were delighted for the business and treated the cruise passengers well. I would say do an exursion or stay on the ship. I would have considered vacationing in all of the other ports, but this seemed like a place you would only go to visit family (reminded me a mid-size Illinois town). I'm sure it is a fine place to live, but not really set up to support tourism of any kind.