MENDENHALL GLACIER AND
JUNEAU TOUR BY BUS
$42 Per Person
Juneau is an interesting place, more sophisticated and vibrant than you
would expect. It is also unlike any other state capital in this country,
as it is accessible only by sea or air. It has no flat land to speak of
and it has a giant icefield blocking off any chance of land access. It has
been said that there are no stolen cars in Juneau, just joy rides, as
there is nowhere to go!
Your tour begins in historical downtown Juneau, and will show off it's narrow angled streets and interesting architecture, an area that you might choose to return to later on. Among the buildings that you will pass are the Alaska State Museum, the State Office Building, the State Capitol, and the octagonal St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.
After your overview of downtown and the government buildings, including the lovely Governor's mansion, you will head past the Gastineau Salmon Hatchery and the harbors of the city and outskirts.
Your visit to the remarkable Mendenhall Glacier will be a 1 hour stop. At certain times of the year, you will be able to see the bears catching fish in the stream from an overlook point located off one side of the entrance to the glacier. The glacier itself is one of the most accessible to the public. You will drive within a mile of the face. This year we have added the fee to enter the Visitor's Center. We found it so popular that the line to purchase tickets held up the tour. Yours will be prepurchased - no waiting and no extra fee. Here you will see a detailed explanation of the movement of the glacier, along with a great relief map and a ten-minute video.
Your return trip to Juneau's downtown takes a different route, through Auke Lake and the University of Alaska Juneau campus. This tour should give you a great overview with a lot of personality. When completed, it will help you decide what to do next.