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Juneau Whale Watch & Mendenhall Glacier

From $165

This is an enthralling opportunity to witness two jewels in Juneau – the graceful elegance of humpback whales and the serene beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier. Our fleet of whale watching boats and glacier shuttles offer a seamless combination of two of Juneau’s favorite activities and our most popular tour.

Upon check in, our friendly dock representatives will put you on the right bus for a narrated 30-minute drive to your first destination.

Mendenhall Glacier is Alaska’s only drive up glacier and the #1 natural attraction in Juneau. You can choose to hike to Nugget Falls (plan 1.5 hours for a leisurely walk or at least 1 hour if you hurry), take the Photo Point Trail (20 round trip), look for wildlife along the Steep Creek trail, or stroll up the easy walk to the Visitor Center.

During your time on the water, you will be accompanied by a naturalist who explains the feeding habits of these magnificent creatures and identifies the many other kinds of wildlife that share these waters. Our whale watching boats are custom made to enhance your experience – a warm heated cabin with large viewing windows, and two decks to hurry to when the captain slows after spotting the whales. A bathroom is onboard. Snacks, water and binoculars are also provided.

5 hrs

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Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle

From $45

Breathtakingly beautiful, the Mendenhall Glacier fills the valley for as far as the eye can see. As you stand on the banks of the glacier-fed lake, at the foot of the ice flow, cool breezes and fresh air brush your cheeks. Inching down from the Juneau Icefield nearly 3000 years ago and now receding at a rate of 150-200 feet per year, the deep blue and lighter hues reveal the remains of an ancient forest overcome a 1000 years ago by the slowly creeping ice. After an 80-year journey, ice accumulated each winter at the top of the mountain slips down to form the terminus of the glacier only to slowly melt in the warmer summer air. Nearby, a waterfall plummets 377 feet down the side of a mountain, roaring into Mendenhall Lake. Surrounded by forest, in a steep valley carved out by advancing and receding ice for hundreds of thousands of years, the Mendenhall Glacier can only truly be appreciated in person.

1.5 hrs

Juneau City & Mendenhall Glacier Combo

From $60

Discover Alaska’s capital city! Nestled between stunning mountain vistas and winding waterways, the modern city of Juneau is reminiscent of the old west. From the colorful port, to the busy capitol building, to the famous whale statue, this unique city has a surprise around every corner. Join us for a colorful narrated tour!

The crowning point of the tour is Juneau’s natural treasure, the Mendenhall Glacier. One of 38 glaciers flowing from the massive 1,500-square-mile Juneau Ice field. At this stop you can explore this glacial wonder from a variety of perspectives like Nugget Creek Falls and Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier’s face. There you can also visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center for an elevated view of the glacier as well as interactive geological exhibits explaining glacier formation.

2.5 hrs

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Chasing Tail in Juneau Alaska

In its 17th year of operation, Alaskan-owned company Juneau Tours and Whale Watch weighs in as the largest independent tour provider in Southeast Alaska. But don’t let that title mislead you, this family operation is all about the customer experience. From sales agents and dock representatives to bus drivers/ guides, naturalists/deck hands and boat captains, Juneau Tours and Whale Watch treats everyone like well-loved family.


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Juneau Whale Watch is a proud member of Whale Sense Alaska!

Whale Sense promotes responsible whale watching in Alaska and the Atlantic Region of the United States.

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