How about a custom tour from a local guide in the capital city of Alaska to kick things off? This deluxe Juneau tour is one of the most popular options and hits the city's main attractions up-close by motorcoach. The fully narrated tour guided by a local driver begins in downtown Juneau and offers an excellent history of the state's capital city and its scenic attractions, including the famous Mendenhall Glacier.
Starting in the famous streets of historic downtown Juneau, the tour will take you right by the Governor's Mansion, Alaska state Capitol, and world famous Red Dog Saloon. You will enjoy narration and information as you roll past the city's highlights.
From there you will drive along the scenic Gastineau Channel and Wildlife Refuge to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Take in the massive and mighty Mendenhall Glacier from afar and see it's rugged crevasses and a vibrant blue color shimmer on a sunny day.
At the glacier you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore the walking paths and the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Information Center. This area is located roughly 3/4 of a mile from the face of the glacier and offers excellent views of the Mendenhall Valley. Make sure you have your camera ready to snap photos of the famous black bears feeding on wild Alaskan salmon as you walk along raised trails over salmon spawning streams; it's truly a memorable experience!
The tour comes to an end with a stop at famous Douglas Island, an 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, close to shopping or your ship, whichever you choose to end your day!
Included: Admission to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center.
Please note: Unable to accommodate wheel chair guests as there are no lifts available on the motorcoach.
This tour operation is under permit with the Tongass National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.
Duration: 2.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Glacier time: 45 minutes.)
- Roundtrip transportation from cruise ship terminal
- Admission to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center
Duration: 2.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 1.25 hours roundtrip guide narrated transportation
- 45 minutes open exploration from Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
- 15 minutes Downtown Juneau historical bus tour
- 15 minutes Douglas Island nature walk and scenic lookout
- This tour meets in front of the Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb 4 steps into and out of the bus. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.
How many passengers does the tour bus hold?
The maximum capacity for this tour is 35 guests.
What is the seating arrangement of the tour bus?
There is open seating on the tour bus, however if you require a certain seat due to physical impairment then please inform your tour guide.
Is there enough time to hike to Nugget Falls waterfall?
Yes! Nugget Falls are certainly accessible during your time at the glacier and the 1 mile trail leading to it is well maintained.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Bears are often seen near the glacier during the late summer salmon spawning season, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed!
Will I be able to walk on the glacier during this tour?
Walking on or getting up close to the glacier is not possible during this tour.
Is admission inside the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center included?
Yes, admission is included.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
No food or drinks are included.
Are there child prices?
Adult and child prices are the same for this tour.
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