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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 Salmon Hatchery, where you will see an operational hatchery in action. Young salmon can be seen developing from a bird's-eye view (year round), and you can witness millions of adult salmon returning from the wild to spawn (late June-October), while learning about their fascinating reproductive cycle from experienced guides. Eagles and harbor seals are frequently seen from the spacious viewing decks overlooking the channel. You will also have the opportunity to interact with local marine life in the touch tanks and numerous aquariums.
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.