We will have an extra day to drive near Juneau before our inland cruise begins in July. Any suggestions of a good route to take or important sights not to miss?
The Mendenhall Glacier is the typical excursion destination, served by tour companies (as well as a city bus can take you pretty close). With a rental car, the tourist board suggest continuing north after the glacier to Echo Cove. In doing so, you will cover the majority of roadway that Juneau has to offer, then double back the way you came.
If you have an extra couple of hours while in Juneau, the Alaska State Museum is worth a visit.
Laura preffy much said it. There are not many miles of road around Juneau.
Do mean the Inside Passage for your cruise?
The natural beauty is the attraction apart from the state museum, avoidin swarms of tourists downtown but checking the petite St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. Drive to Mendenhall Glacier and see the visitor the center there. If you like hiking, the East Glacier Loop Trail, starts near the visitor center great and offers some fine vistas of the glacier and of a lovely forest. You could swing by Auke Rec for a picnic or continue on to Eagle Beach. For an easy walk on a paved path and along a beautiful river, try the Kaxdigoowu Heen Dei (Mendenhall River Trail). With more time, drive to Douglas and see Savikko Park.
Take the Mt. Roberts tramway for spectacular views of Gastinau channel! There are also some great hikes at the top!