Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau

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Located just 19 km (12 mi) from downtown Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center attracts visitors with its deep blue sheets of ice. Begin your icy adventure at the visitor center, which offers interpretative programs and features an observatory with telescopes trained on the blue ice. Remember that despite their undeniable natural beauty, glaciers are constantly shifting and can be extremely dangerous. Always think of safety first and arrange for a guided trip to the glacier with any one of a dozen tour operators working in the area. Professional guides can show you the most convenient trails for taking photographs from a distance, and lead you safely right up to the ice itself. With our world travel planner, Juneau attractions like Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We were only here for a short stop, but I wish we would have had the time to hike out to the waterfall. The view of the glacier was great, and there were lots of employees around offering information ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Mendenhall glacier is beautiful, but the incredible crowds from the cruise ships make this a difficult place to visit. I literally could not move around in the visitor center due to the crowds. The di...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This is the best way to get up ad close to a Glacier. Take the bus excursion from the ship. Try NOT to prepay as it is cheaper. You will not be disappointed.  more »
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  • May 12, 2017
    Gorgeous glacier! Must see for Juneau, the lovely capitol of Alaska. My friends and I booked a combo shore excursion package through Princess and unfortunately our day was abbreviated due to rough weather for our last port stop so we only stayed in town until 2PM. I wish we had more time at this amazing attraction so we could have also gone on the Nugget Falls trail since it was a 2 mile loop hike! I suppose there's always next time...right? Our bus arrived and allowed us a little over an hour to explore the beautiful visitor's center and Mendenhall Glacier/Nugget Falls. We were a bit sidetracked once we heard that the rangers spotted black bear cubs and we spent the majority of our time trying to get a peek of them. The visitor's center has a great viewing deck with several telescopes set up so you can get a very up close look of all the crevices of the glacier. We also spotted several bald eagles in the distance. They also had a piece of the glacier for us to touch on display. All of the rangers we encountered were very helpful and kept us in the loop of black bear spottings.
  • July 25, 2017
    It was beautiful, but watch out for the squirrels. Because stupid people who feed them, my friend Noe was bitten by one. He was standing there, with his hand on the wall, at the visitors center; a squirrel, that people have fed, walked on the wall, smelled his finger, then bit it. It's not the squirrels fault, it's the ignorant people that fed the squirrels fault.
  • July 6, 2017
    Nature's amazing gift to mankind! The trail isn't too steep and the waterfall by the Glacier is a must-see! Feel the water too! 😉
  • May 14, 2017
    A fantastic visitors center and with plenty to see for all the ages. A view that really can't be beat unless you can fly like a bird. Prices in the gift shop area aren't price hiked. Also a great place to chill out if you need a place to sit out of the rain.
  • July 26, 2017
    Go visit the glacier quick! It's shrinking 400+ feet per year. So it won't be around much longer....

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