Excursion Details

Glacier Gardens & Mendenhall Glacier

JNU-330 | Juneau, Alaska | See Special Notes

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Tour at a Glance

You will visit:
  • Mendenhall Glacier Mendenhall Glacier
  • Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
  • Glacier Gardens Glacier Gardens
You will see:

    Easy Shopping

    Excursion Length:
    Approx. 4.25 hours

    Tour Overview

    Enjoy commentary about Juneau's gold rush and local history as you depart from downtown en route to Glacier Gardens. Upon arrival, meet your personal tour guide and transfer to a covered shuttle for an intimate look at this natural wonderland. Here, colorful plants, trees and flowers create a dazzling contrast to the lush green forest backdrop.

    You will be amazed at the diversity of the rainforest as you wind your way along pathways carved from the mountainside toward the upper regions of the forest. Visit a one-of-a-kind Alaska garden featuring towering upside-down trees covered with planted flowers. From the viewing platform at the 580-foot level, capture images of the Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island and the Chilkat Mountains. Explore deeper into the forest on your return trip.

    Next, we'll travel on to Macaulay Hatchery, where you can see salmon spawning from late June through September or have an opportunity to feed salmon fry from May through early June. Learn all about the fascinating reproductive cycles of Pacific salmon through museum-quality exhibits that illustrate the hatchery's production of over 150 million salmon per year. There are also hundreds of native marine life on display in aquariums and touch tanks.

    Your tour continues with a visit to Juneau's grand monument: Mendenhall Glacier. This meandering river of compressed blue ice ranks as the largest glacier accessible by road in southeast Alaska. It is a half-mile wide, hundreds of feet deep and fed by the 1,500-square-mile Juneau Icefield.

    The U.S. Forest Service staff offers a wealth of information on glaciers during your 75-minute visit to the glacier. The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center features exhibits, interactive videos and a panoramic view of the glacier. Don't forget your camera, as it boasts the perfect vantage point for photos of this world-famous sight. There are also numerous self-guided walking trails to experience the special beauty of Tongass National Forest, allowing ever-changing glimpses of the glacier.

    Detailed itinerary Show All Itinerary Details

    Tour to Glacier Gardens

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:20 Transport type:Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):53
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:No
    Shopping available?:No
    Air conditioned?:Yes
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Visit Glacier Gardens

    Details:
    Transport type:Open-Air Vehicle
    Time at site:01:20 Inside Visit :No
    Walking distance (yards):100
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:Yes
    Free Time at Site (minutes):30 Shopping available?:Yes
    Air conditioned?:No
    Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Tour to Mendenhall Glacier

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:10 Transport type:Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):53
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:No
    Shopping available?:No
    Air conditioned?:Yes
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Visit Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

    Details:
    Time at site:01:15 Inside Visit :Yes
    Walking distance (yards):200
    Wheelchair accessible?:Yes Handicap Notes

    Although this venue is wheelchair accessible, this tour is not.

    Restrooms available?:Yes
    Free Time at Site (minutes):75 Shopping available?:Yes
    Air conditioned?:No
    Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Tour to Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):53
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:No
    Shopping available?:No
    Air conditioned?:Yes
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Visit Macaulay Salmon Hatchery

    Details:
    Time at site:00:40 Inside Visit :Yes
    Walking distance (yards):100
    Wheelchair accessible?:Yes Handicap Notes

    Although this segment is wheelchair accessible, tour is not.

    Restrooms available?:Yes
    Free Time at Site (minutes):30 Shopping available?:Yes
    Air conditioned?:Yes
    Currency accepted:USD Credit cards accepted: Yes
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Tour back to cruise ship pier

    Details:
    Travel time: 00:15 Transport type:Motorcoach
    Transport Capacity (Normal Use):53
    Wheelchair accessible?:No
    Restrooms available?:No
    Shopping available?:No
    Air conditioned?:Yes
    Photo/Video opportunity?:Yes
    Photo/Video restrictions?:No

    Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

    Special Notes

     

    Tour operator is authorized under special use permit to access the Tongass National Forest. Does not include walking on the glacier as only helicopter tours access the glacier. Visit at the glacier is self-guided as your driver is not permitted to conduct tours.

    Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

    Excursion Length:

    (Including 1 hour & 15 minutes at glacier)

    Child Price:

    12 years & under only

    Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

    For information on walking distances and/or the number of steps at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

    Wheelchair Accessibility:

    For information on wheelchair accessibility, please see the detailed itinerary above.

    Camera/Video Restrictions:

    For information on camera/video restrictions at each stop, please see the detailed itinerary above.

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