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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  • A small center with a great view, a movie and an expalnation of glaciers in general and the Mendhall glacier in particular. You need at least an hour to read everything and see the movie but it...  more »
  • The visitor center is very well done and quite informative. The park rangers are very friendly and helpful. There is a very pleasant trail to the glacier that is only a short walk.  more »
  • This is a must do. To be able to get that close to the glacier as well as Nugget falls was amazing! The water is and all the surroundings are beautiful. Plenty of hiking if you would like to do so.  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.
  • I visited while in Juneau on a cruise. I highly recommend visiting the Mendenhall Glacier and Visitors center! The views are spectacular. The information about the glacier as well as nearby plants, wildlife, and geography is well presented and engaging. There are a few easy trials around to walk on. I walked the mile or so out to the waterfall closer to the glacier and it was well worth my time. The walk was fairly easy with very mild up and downhill areas.
  • Expect about 45 min to 1hr for the noodle trail. Worth your time! The photo trail is good too. Stroller is able to get through both trails. Bit rough at he end but doable.
  • An absolutely amazing place to visit. It's sad to see how the glacier has shrunk in size over the last many many years. Wildlife activity is still high in the area and you're likely to see bear in the area if salmon have spawn. Again this is a beautiful place and well worth a visit. Just be respectful and don't leave trash, don't be rambunctious or loud, and treat it like it was your own park.

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