My husband and I are going to Alaska in mid-July on the Golden Princess. We are in Juneau from 2:15PM until 10PM (that morning we are taking an excursion on a catamaran through Tracy Arm Fjords, which is why it's 2:15 instead of 2PM). I’m trying to decide the best way to see the Mendenhall Glacier. We would also like to spend some time in the Red Dog Saloon, but Mendenhall is our main priority. My husband and I are in our 50s and enjoy hiking, but we also enjoy seeing spectacular sights and going on tours. Several people we’ve talked to say we “must” set foot on the glacier to appreciate it fully. Is that true? I’ve heard the Nugget Falls hike and the East Glacier Trail allow you to see the glacier from two vantage points, and that the Visitor’s Center is great. Here are my questions: Are we making a mistake to not do a helicopter tour and go to the glacier? If we go this route, are there any companies that you recommend and how much money should we expect to spend? If we hike, do the trails get you near enough to really appreciate the glacier? Do we have time to do both trails? How much time should we allow? I know it stays light out until late, but how late can we safely hike?