Juneau is one of the most unique state capitals in the United States. Although Juneau isn't an island, it is land locked, and you can only get to it by air or sea. This exciting half-day program will give you an orientation of Juneau, and a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier and Visitor's Center.
Your Juneau shore excursion begins in the historical downtown district, where you will see the streets lined with gift shops, jewelry shops, king crab shacks and local fish restaurants. This Juneau tour will take you right by the Governor's Mansion, the State Capitol, and the world-famous Red Dog Saloon.
Departing the downtown area, you will make your way north to the Valley Area and the Mendenhall Glacier. Along the way you will see boat harbors filled with Alaskan fishing boats, as well as boathouses and the Mendenhall Wetland Refuge. On clear days, you can see the majestic Chilkat Mountains in the distance.
Once you arrive at the park, you will have some time to walk around the Visitor Center, which has an elevated view of the glacier. The Visitor's Center hosts exhibits as well as a short film about the Juneau Icefields. Admission to the Visitor Center is included in the price of the Juneau tour.
For those guests feeling more adventurous in their Mendenhall Glacier Excursions, there are several short hiking paths and walking trails around the lake area, including Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face. At the appointed time, meet your guide for the trip back to town.
The Mendenhall Glacier Juneau excursion comes to an end with a stop at famous Douglas Island, a historic mining community, for photo opportunities and panoramic views across the ocean to downtown Juneau. You will then arrive back to the main cruise ship terminal.
Reviewer: Donna Knoch
As we were on a cruise, this was the easiest, no hassle way to have a tour of Juneau. The bus picked us up at the dock, the driver was entertaining and informed, and we had a good drive around the city and then drove out to the Mendenhall Glacier. We had about 1 and 1/4 hou, there, giving us time to view the glacier, visit the visitor center, and a short hike to the waterfall closer to the glacier.
Reviewer: Chynell Jefferson
As a Group Leader I was pleased that our 21 travelers were accommodated in one vehicle which made the experience additionally awesome fun. The scenery of Mendenhall Glacier was beautiful. Worth the walk on the Nugget Creek Trail for an upclose view of the glacier.
Reviewer: Candace Copeland
The bus trip was run by a knowledgeble person and talked the whole way to the Glacier. It had been 25 years since I had seen the Mendenhall. It has really shrunk. Glacier bay brought back the memory of what it looked like years ago. A nice side trip.
Reviewer: Arnold Bennett
The tour covered Juneau and the glacier well. Enough time to hike to the glacier and falls and take pictures.
Reviewer: Darlene Hartford
We'll informed and entertaining guide. Enjoyed the scenery and free time to browse. I would recommend this tour to friends.