Embark from the port on a scenic drive to the stunning Mendenhall Glacier on this Juneau shore excursion, where an informative Visitor Center hosts a variety of entertaining exhibits. Afterward, feast on an all-you-can-eat Alaskan lunch surrounded by beautiful local culture and arts.
On this tour in Juneau, your professional guide provides insightful narration on Juneau's gold rush history as you travel to Mendenhall Glacier. This stunning destination is encompassed by a winding river of compressed blue ice, ranked as the largest accessible glacier by road in Southeast Alaska. The beautiful natural wonder runs half a mile wide and hundreds of feet deep, fed by the 1,500 square-mile Juneau Icefield.
The U.S. Forest Service staff offers a wealth of information on glaciers during your Juneau excursion. The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center features interesting exhibits, interactive videos, and a gorgeous panoramic view of the glacier. This is the perfect time to bring out your camera; the visitor center offers an ideal vantage point for capturing the world-famous sight. Numerous self-guided walking trails can be explored to experience the serenity of Tongass National Forest.
You'll probably be feeling hungry by now. It's time for an all-you-can-eat Alaskan feast. Featured on Bravo Television's Top Chef, Gold Creek Salmon Bake is a delicious event grilled to perfection for over 38 years. Savor the aroma of wild Alaskan salmon grilling over a fragrant alder wood fire--the event's signature entree. The delectable food spread has options for everyone; choose from a variety of Alaskan entrees, sides, and blueberry cake for dessert.
Relax in the event's serene rainforest environment, listening to live Alaskan folk music. Take a short walk along a natural salmon-spawning creek to the entrance of Wagner Mine at the breathtaking Salmon Creek Falls, where you can pan for gold, see mining relics, and look for salmon. Roast marshmallows over a campfire and take photos at an interactive gold rush mural.
The food, entertainment, activities, and ambiance make Gold Creek Salmon Bake a true Alaskan experience. Combined with the stunning Mendenhall Glacier, this is one Juneau shore excursion you don't want to miss! Book today for an incredible Juneau Alaska tour.
Reviewer: P.K. Van Duyse
This was a fun and educational tour followed by a complete (with dessert) meal in rustic surroundings.
Reviewer: Teresa Foster
I don't think you can go wrong with such beautiful scenery! The guide was very nice and knowledgeable. The salmon bake was fine and the music was a nice touch
Reviewer: Anna Marie Jones
Nice day the first day it hadn't rained all summer. We enjoyed our tour here, bus driver well informed. Mendenhall glacier was a nice sight to see. Wish we would of had longer so we could of walked all the way to it. Salmon bake was good - started to rain at the end of the meal.
Reviewer: Steve B
We saw portions of Juneau on the way out to the glacier. The glacier was very impressive to see. Those that wanted could hike a small distance to a waterfall near the glacier. Then a bus ride to the salmon bake which was outside under a canopy. It included a singer. The salmon and the rest was plenty and wonderful. After the bake, we took a short hike to a waterfall before the bus ride back to the cruise ship. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Donna Stramella
The trip to the glacier and salmon bake gave us a wonderful feel for Alaska. The beauty of the glacier was evidenced on the trails and also through the Visitors Center full-view window. Exhits at the center, particularly the time lapse, gave us deeper context. The Salmon bake was presented in a rural, woodsy setting with coverings to keep out the rain. We enjoyed the best salmon we've ever eaten, along with an assortment of side dishes. As an added bonus, we listened to live music. On our return bus trip, the driver narrated a tour through downtown Juneau, including the State House.