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. Make Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center a part of your Juneau vacation plans using our Juneau tour itinerary planner.
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  • Located 12 miles from downtown Juneau. the Mendenhall Glacier is part of the 5,815 acre Mendenhall Glacier Recreational Area and part of Tongas National Forest. The area is managed by the United...  more »
  • We arrived around 8:00 AM and had the whole place to ourselves. We took the little hike on the gravel path to the waterfall. Didn't see anyone until we were coming back. The visitor center was...  more »
  • Stunning! We visited while on a cruise. However, not as a part of a large shore excursion. This worked out very well as we were able to stay later than the large crowds. We had the place to ourselves for about 90 minutes. So we took one of the many trails into the forest and had a great time. This is absolutely gorgeous landscape, and the forest hiking trails are otherworldly. This is most definitely worth a day visit when in the area.
  • A great experience. The visitor centre is worth a look. It has elevator access. Take a walk to the waterfall. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Some nice lookout to take some photos. Hey ditch the camera and just drink in the awe of the glacier and nature's power.

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