Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, Juneau

4.7
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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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  • Wonderful place. Enjoyed so much, love Alaska. Would come back! I wish we could have gotten closer to glacier, but it was awesome anyway. Will be back again! Everyone treated us very well!  more »
  • This visitor center will provide all the info you need about the glacier. Staff and reading material were excellent. I highly recommend taking out the time to visit the center.  more »
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  • Neat place with historical information, opportunities for lectures and presentations and great views of the glacier. Clean bathrooms and a filtered water dispenser were much appreciated. There's also a small gift shop here. Some of the whale watching tour companies will pick you up from the parking lot here if you want to book it for right after your glacier visit, which is super convenient. The glacier is beautiful as well.
  • Probably the highlight of our Alaska cruise, this was a fun hike into the glacier with lots of photos along the way. I don't recommend the tours as they charge $50 per person to drive you 20 minutes. We took the local bus for $2 and it was more of an adventure.

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