The vast expanse of the largest state in the Union offers sightseeing on a truly impressive scale. Did you know that half of the world’s glaciers are in Alaska? And the good news is you don’t have to go all the way to the state’s wild Arctic north to see these amazing natural wonders; a day trip or an even shorter excursion from Juneau or Anchorage will bring you face-to-face with these icy giants.

The state capital Juneau, in its dramatic setting between the Gastineau Channel and soaring Mount Juneau, is an ideal base for outdoor adventure. Lace up those boots, hike through the forest and get ready for Mendenhall, where an expert instructor will teach you how to tackle this truly impressive glacier, with its eerie blue ice caves and challenging climbing opportunities. And if you really want to turn this into a grand encounter with nature, combine your trek with some whale-watching on Auke Bay.

Meanwhile, if you head southwest out of the state’s largest city, Anchorage, you’ll come to Portage Lake. Hop on a cruise which threads through icebergs dotted about the lake before coming to Portage Glacier, where (from a safe distance) you’ll witness the breathtaking sight of ice breaking off into the waters. Bookend your cruise with a tour of the surrounding countryside along scenic Seward Highway for the best of the area’s land and water sights, with a stop at Alyeska Ski Resort on the way back into town. But to really get the most out of your Anchorage stay, combine all of the above with a tour of the city, including a visit to the Alaska Native Heritage Center.

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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Escape to the Alaskan Wilderness on a small group Whale Watching Adventure from Juneau. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: Whale Watching - 3 hours
With Mendenhall Glacier - 4.5 hours

From USD $125.00

Seward Highway Tour from Anchorage: Turnagain Arm, Mt Alyeska and Optional Glacier Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

On this tour to Turnagain Arm from Anchorage, you’ll travel along the incredibly scenic Seward Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway and one of only 41 ...  Read more

Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Duration: Varies

From USD $149.00

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise and Glacier Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

This 5-hour shore excursion from Juneau covers the perfect duo of Alaskan attractions: whale-watching and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $320.77

Juneau Sightseeing and Mendenhall Glacier Tour with Seafood Lunch or Dinner on Mt Roberts

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

See the best of the Juneau area on this sightseeing and nature tour that combines historical landmarks with stunning natural wonders. Start with a narrated ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $94.00

Mendenhall Glacier Trek and Climb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Join an Alaskan wilderness adventure as you are introduced to glacier trekking on Mendenhall Glacier!

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $208.95

Juneau Shore Excursion: Bears, Whales and Glaciers by Land, Sea and Air

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

This 7-hour shore excursion from Juneau covers the perfect trifecta of Alaska's attractions: whale-watching, bear-viewing and a scenic flight over the glaciers ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $616.88

Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise from Seward

Hop aboard one of Alaska’s most popular wildlife and glacier cruises, and take an extraordinary six-hour journey through Kenai Fjords National Park. This ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $162.93

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