You can’t miss this massive chunk of ice, it’s about 10 miles out from Juneau. On the way to the nearby Nugget Falls, stop by Mendenhall Glacier for some striking blues and enormous views. The backdrop of Mendenhall is filled with the 12 mile-long Juneau Icefield, which has shrunk over the years because of climate change. Take this opportunity to appreciate what makes Alaska what it is today.
The towering fjord juts out from the water, dotted with trees and filled with animals running down its length, including bears, deer, moose, and various birds. If you are patient and have a keen eye, you might even spot a bald eagle, as well as aquatic wildlife around the fjord. This place is active during all the times of the year, but whales are most active during the warmer months.
Moving up to the show-stopping Nugget Falls, tourists are treated with a 377 foot tall waterfall that cascades into Mendenhall Lake. Here, you can also catch another view of the previously-mentioned Mendenhall Glacier. Tours run around the Falls with a mild hike that takes about an hour to enjoy all the great views and wildlife spotting.
Don’t miss your opportunity to ride the aerial tram, it takes you right over the mountains and provides the best view of Juneau, by far. You can hop on board at the dock in downtown Juneau, taking you to the Mountain House, where tourists can have fun at various attractions, like the Chilkat Theater or go on a hike on any of the many trails around the surrounding mountains.
Okay, this next stop might sound a bit confusing, as a rainforest shouldn’t be located this far north of the equator, but it carries similar traits to what you would associate with a tropical one. This patch of forest is protected and mostly undisturbed by man. It contains numerous unique species to the area and a really interesting backstory as told by the tour guides.