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Alaska—when we think of this state, what first comes to mind? For many, it’s the vast wilderness, intense hiking routes, some of the most jaw-dropping national parks, and absolutely flawless waters. Initiatives dating back ages have kept the state wild, conserved, and a sought after destination for nature lovers. Tours galore are offered through Alaska, from kayaking, climbing, flying and so on, and Juneau, a great base for travelers, has some great excursions as well.
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Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
Beginning in Juneau, the journey takes travelers 12 miles from downtown, to view one of Alaska’s magnificent sites, Mendenhall Glacier. As if spilling into the parallel lake, the icy formation is undergoing constant change, which can be detailed at the visitor’s center or along an interpretive walk. After the possibility of spotting eagles at the glacier, you’ll board a boat to search for magical humpback whales.
Juneau Helicopter Tour and Dogsledding Experience
Iditarod is a household name, even if you don’t know much about dogsledding. Imagine, or really experience, riding on a sled pulled by stunning Alaskan huskies, while hearing first-hand stories from pros who’ve participated in the real race. Graze over the open Juneau Icefield, after admiring it all from the sky via helicopter.
Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in Juneau
You can experience the rainforest in Juneau, at Glacier Gardens, within the Tongass National Forest. A rainbow of colors greets guests along perfectly manicured pathways traversed by covered golf carts. The twinkling stream, upside-down trees and native plants create quite the vibrant spectacle. Guests can also traverse to a boardwalk along an overlook with incredible views of the city.
Mendenhall Glacier Lake Canoe Tour
One of the most beautiful destinations in Alaska, Mendenhall Glacier can be seen from a different perspective while rowing the pristine lake waters that meld the landscapes together. Guides can coach even beginners through the tranquil canoe trip because the waters are calm and relatively easy to traverse. There’s a possibility native creatures could make an appearance thanks to the silence of a motor-free boat.
Douglas Island Zipline Tour from Juneau
More than just a zip line tour, adventurists will find themselves whipping through the trees of the Tongass National Forest, reaching various lookout points that offer incredible water and rainforest views. Plenty of time is allowed for photos. Finishing at a lodge, the adventure also entails crossing a suspension bridge that stretches over a turbulent river, along with some axe throwing.
Juneau Whale Watching and Salmon Bake
Auke Bay is prime for spotting whales off the coast of Juneau, and on this boat excursion the incredible marine creatures will put on quite the show. Porpoises, sea lions and a variety of sea birds often can be spotted, and an onboard expert will help point them out. What could be better than ending the day with a fun salmon bake, with the freshest grilled fish fillets to ever touch your lips?
Juneau Shore Excursion: Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau
Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area is a protected natural section of wilderness brimming with bears. So if seeing one on your Alaska trip is on the bucket list, this is the place to come. This is quite the tour, as you’ll be traversing the area on a small floatplane, then going deeper into the reserve by kayak. It’s a bit adrenaline-inducing but will leave guests with a once in a lifetime memory.
Glacier Blue Trek & Ice Climb
If you thought our last picks offered up-close glimpses of the great Mendenhall Glacier, this one will blow your socks off. This “set your own pace” tour consists of legit ice climbing and rouge exploration of the mysterious blue ice terrain. Designed to be a small tour, you can really make it your own.
Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip
You’ve probably figured out many of the nature experiences near Juneau are based around Mendenhall glacier. On this particular excursion, families, couples, and solo travelers can enjoy the ride through the valley before hopping on the raft. Graze by mountains, native foliage, and of course lots of ice. Hold onto your seats for some of the class two and three rapids that the raft will take on.
Best of Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake
Combine most of Juneau’s top adventures on this mash-up tour of Alaska’s great natural sites. First, fly on a floatplane over the breathtaking terrain, then spot humpback whales with a nature expert in the bay, and finally, see first hand an artisan craft a totem pole out of raw wood, secondarily making lovely jewelry pieces. And you bet this grand finale day trip ends with a salmon bake.