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Arrival, information and getting around

Ferries dock fourteen miles northwest of downtown at Auke Bay; they often arrive at unearthly hours, so getting into town can be a problem. The only alternative to a $35 taxi ride (sharing encouraged) is walking a mile and a half south to DeHarts grocery, served by Capital Transit buses (Mon–Sat hourly 8am–10.30pm, Sun 9am–5pm; $1.50 t 907/789-6901). Buses also pick up near the busy airport, nine miles north of downtown.

The visitor centre, Centennial Hall, 101 Egan Drive (Mon–Fri 8.30am–5pm, Sat & Sun 9am–5pm; t 1-888/581-2201, w http://www.traveljuneau.com) has stacks of brochures about the Tongass National Forest, Glacier Bay and around. Popular easy hikes from Juneau include the Perseverance Trail and over the bridge on Douglas Island, the Treadwell Mine Historic Trail. Driftwood Lodge (t 907/586-2280), rents out mountain bikes for $25 a day.

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