I will be in Skagway and Juneau this summer for a very brief stay (on a cruise). Where can I expect to see a lot of eagles? In Skagway we will be renting a car so where would be a good place to drive to see wildlife? I know, these are very vague questions, just want to know if there's any tips you have.
I was born and raised in Skagway and live in Juneau in the winters. The first preconception people have about Alaska is the abundant wildlife... This will just end up disappointing you because there is over 14 million acres of rainforest for them to roam, so anything you see should be savored and treated as a surprise. Skagway is probably the worst place for wildlife sightings considering the geographic set up and lack of salmon runs in the town. I say Juneau is your best bet. This may sound weird, but if you're down for it, the town dump is a great place for spotting eagles... they're always circling around that area. However, if you want a more scenic spot, right across from there is a pull off on egan highway. You could also try the mendenhall glacier. Also there are whale watching tours in Juneau which guarantee whale spottings. Often times you can see eagles on that trip. Or if you just hang around the harbor long enough in Juneau you're probably going to see some eagles. Overall- I think you have a better chance of spotting wildlife in Juneau, but since you have a rental car in Skagway, I recommend you take a drive on the Klondike Highway and try your luck up there or drive to Dyea about 10 minutes outside of town... the further away you get from town the better chance you have. Good luck. almost 5 years agoAnswered by Ellie via WorldNomads.com