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Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

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Located just 19 km (12 mi) from downtown Juneau, Mendenhall Glacier 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 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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  • Whether walking across the ice to the toe of the glacier, hiking the trails, walking to nugget falls or just spending time in the visitor center, the glacier is always a fun family outing.  more »
  • We walked ("hiked" would be too strong a word) out the trail as far as we could before being blocked by the waterfall. A magnificent view and waterfall roar awaited us. The glacier has, like all glaci...  more »
  • Instead of opting for a tour with the cruise ship we were on, we decided as a family of four adults to explore the Mendenhall glacier independently since it was a cheaper option and we could spend an ...  more »