Frequently Ask Questions/Travel Tips


Q: When is the best time to visit Juneau?

A: Juneau is a rainforest. The months with the least amount of rainfall and the warmest are usually June and July. Our summer season is usually May through October; however, be aware on the shoulder season, some tours are not available.

Q: How do I get to Juneau?

A: You can't drive to Juneau; however, you can put your RV on a ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is our scenic highway. You can depart north (to Juneau) through Bellingham, WA or Price Rupert, Canada or you can go south through Haines, AK or Skagway, AK. To make reservations, visit www.ferryalaska.com or call 800-642-0066.

When making reservations with AMHS, we suggest you use them directly. DO NOT BOOK THROUGH A TOUR/TRAVEL COMPANY. We have found many guests get charged fees if they have to change travel arrangements for one reason or another. Occasionally, ferries may be delayed or break down.

#1 rule in dealing with AMHS: Be flexible. You are on vacation, just sit back and enjoy all of Alaska’s wonderful and unique ways.

Q: How long should I stay in Juneau?

A: There is so much to do and see in Juneau, most of our guests stay 3 to 5 days. Some of our guests have used us as a “base camp”, to park their RV and travel to Sitka or Glacier Bay. We suggest that you plan on staying at least 7 to 10 days when using us as a base camp.

Q: How can I travel through Alaska on a budget?

A: Alaska Travel Coupon Book

The TourSaver is an easy-to-use, travel discount book with discount travel deals “buy-one-get-one-free”. These deals are from the Inside Passage to Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, and to Fairbanks. These coupons are good for tours, attractions, and accommodations. The cost for the book is $99.95, and our guests have said the book pays for itself and has saved an additional $400 - $600 on average. The website is www.toursaver.com.

#1 suggestion: Get this book before you fully plan your trip. Let it guide you on what you want to do.

Q: I want to go on the tour to Tracey Arm Fjord or Glacier Bay, but I have a pet that needs attention while I’m gone, what can I do?

A: We, at Spruce Meadow RV Park, would be happy to check in on your pet while you are away. Arrangements must be made in advance. Or if you prefer, there are local kennels that will accommodate your pet. We recommend Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center (907) 789-7551 and Pet Nanny’s (907) 780-5450. Remember, all pets must have a current health certificate and proof of vaccinations just to get through the borders & required for all kennels.

Q: How do I get around Juneau?

A: From one end of Juneau to the other end, Juneau's main highway extends about 45 miles. The public bus system, Capital Transit www.juneau.org/capitaltransit is the popular mode of transportation for locals and visitors. The bus stop is located on the main road outside our park. Note: There is no bus service to ferry or glacier.

Make sure to bring your bikes. Mendenhall Glacier is only 3.5 miles from the RV Park and there are many pathed & natural bike trails around Juneau for you to enjoy.

We also have taxis that can get you from place to place. Juneau's taxis all charge the same rates due to city ordinances.

Car Rentals are available; however, they book quickly during the summer. We suggest you book your car rental prior to your arrival. The least expensive car rental in Juneau is Juneau Car Rental Company (907) 957-7530 or visit JuneauCarRentals.com. Courtesy pick-up available.

Q: What do I need to know about crossing the US/Canadian borders?

A: Due to changing legislation regarding border crossing requirements in June 2009, it is important that you do your research regarding what documents you need, what is/isn’t allowed when traveling between Alaska & Canada.

We recommend you visiting the following links: www.getyouhome.gov, www.customs.gov, or www.cbp.gov

This is only a small sampling of questions. We are your Alaskan Hostesses, and if you have other questions, please feel free to call or e-mail us; we will do our best to assist you.

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