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Mendenhall Glacier

End of Glacier Spur Road, Juneau, AK 99801
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Juneau
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Helicopter rides, Getting married
Traveler Description: The visitor center is excellent.  Go early (like 9 am) to avoid the crowds.  Then hike up the western side of the glacier which takes about 3 hours... more »
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North Oaks, Minnesota
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131 reviews 131 reviews
31 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This fairly pricey Chopper ride was very cool. It not only gave you a view of the city but a landing on the glacier and some great info as to it's movement and changes.

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Cranford, New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Visited Mendenhall Glacier while on cruise of Alaska. This was disappointing, as you cannot get up close to the glacier. You can view it from afar aka the Mendenhall welcome center. Not much else to do there. A few people found a waterfall and "hiked" to it. Should have stayed on this ship!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

What a highlight to our trip to the inside passage. Three couples spent 10 days in Juneau, Sitka, Wrangell and Haines. We traveled by the state-run ferries and saw some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. On our first day we rented bikes from Cycle Alaska in Juneau to travel the 14 miles to the Mendenhall Glacier. The route was... More

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Whitehorse, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you are driving, it's 10 minutes out of town. However if you are using public transport, you can take a shuttle for $20 return. If you are prepared, you can haggle and lower the price. Make sure you have a jacket, don't listen to the locals saying their is no difference in temperature.

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Plano, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The park has done a great job with trails and maps. Some of the trails interpretive signage is overgrown. Be prepared for tons of people....the glacier is stunning. Exactly what you expect. Our bus driver out to the glacier told all kinds of stories and pointed out the various landmarks, but failed to even mention the large population of eagles.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Mendenhall Glacier is a place you have to see. It was more than I imagined. The color of the glacier, and It seemed so close that you just want to touch it. Really pretty.

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Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
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97 reviews 97 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Nine of us and our trusty raft guide Johnny "Shot the Mendenhall" in our 10 person rubber raft. What a great way to spend a day with some 1-3 rapids and more Eagles then I had ever seen. We started with a bus ride and tour to the river which was very informative of Juneau. Then we suited up for... More

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Winter Park, Colorado
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this place. We took the blue bus and had not one problem. This is the best way to see the Glacier because you are not on a schedule. The buses run about every 30 minutes so you spend as much or as little time there as you want.

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San Diego, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

In terms of glacier viewing, this is the best bang for your buck. You don't have to go on a boat, though those trips are awesome in and of themselves. Visitor center is really nice. Neighboring trails are great. If you have time, check out East Glacier Trail - moderate difficulty and beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Took the optional trip to the glacier that was offered through the Celebrity Millenium Alaska Cruise. This was well worth it. Close up look at Glacier and beautiful visitor center.

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