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How to Spend 3 Days in Juneau

How to Spend 3 Days in Juneau

With three days to spend in the Alaskan capital, you’ll be able to tour its famous glacier, spot some local wildlife, get a feel for the local pioneer heritage of this gold-mining town, and venture farther afield into the Alaskan wilderness. Read on for how to plan the ultimate three-day trip to Juneau. 

Day 1: Glacier Adventures

The Mendenhall Glacier, one of Alaska’s most popular attractions, lies just outside of Juneau. To get a sense for the true size of the Juneau Ice Field that feeds the glacier, start your day with a helicopter flight over the ice. You’ll get a bird’s-eye view while learning about its geology and environmental importance. Some helicopter tours include a glacier landing for a chance to walk across the ice. The Mendenhall Glacier is also one of the most accessible in Alaska. Now that you’ve seen it from above, see it from the visitor center observation deck, or get a closer look by booking a kayaking tour on Mendenhall Lake or a guided trek across the surface of the ice. After a day of icy exploration, warm up next to an open fire during a traditional Alaskan salmon bake (though the salmon is actually grilled).

Day 2: On the Water

Juneau is famous for its spectacular scenery and wildlife-viewing opportunities. If you’ve ever wanted to see humpback whales in the wild, this is one of the best places to do so. This morning, hop aboard a boat and head out into the waters of the Inside Passage to spot some of the 600 humpbacks who spend their summers here; sightings are practically guaranteed from April to November, and you might also spot orcas, seals, eagles, and bears as well. If you have time to spare in the afternoon, head into downtown Juneau to explore its historic streets, or go just outside of downtown for a peaceful walk through the manicured Glacier Gardens. In the evening, grab a pint at the Alaska Brewing Company’s taproom.

Day 3: Get Wild

Now that you’ve experienced Juneau’s star attractions, take a day to get out and explore the wilder side of Alaska. Take a day trip to the remote Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, home to the highest concentration of brown bears in the world, or grab a paddle for a day of kayaking along the wild coastline of the Inside Passage. You could also use today to partake in an Alaskan pastime—experience the thrill of dogsledding at a remote glacier camp, or venture to the waters around Prince of Wales for some of the best fishing in the state (you might even bring home some fresh salmon for dinner). Take this last evening to soak up the historic pioneering atmosphere of downtown Juneau with dinner at a local restaurant.

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Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour

Mendenhall Glacier Ice Adventure Tour

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Explore the 3,000-year-old Mendenhall Glacier on this 5.5-hour adventure tour from Alaska’s capital city, Juneau. Paddle out on the iceberg-covered Mendenhall Lake for about an hour until you reach Mendenhall Glacier. Then, spend about an hour to an hour and a half on the glacier. Afterward, paddle back to your starting point, and warm up with a hot beverage once you reach the shore.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$356.03
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk

Juneau Shore Excursion: Helicopter Tour and Guided Icefield Walk

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When your ship anchors in Juneau port, get ready for a shore excursion pumped with adventure and incredible views. First, soar by helicopter over Juneau Icefield, and then land on Herbert Glacier to explore the remote landscape by foot. Learn about the surrounding Alaskan wilderness and capture memorable shots during your icefield walk. Cruise ship passengers please note that the shuttle will pick up one hour before listed flight time.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$324.00
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Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service

Round-Trip Mendenhall Glacier Shuttle Service

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Make your round-trip transfer between Juneau and Mendenhall Glacier hassle-free with this shuttle service. Discover the beauty of the glacier and its trails at a leisurely pace, and when you’re ready, simply hop back on a shuttle back to port in downtown Juneau. Shuttles leave every 30 minutes during operating hours, giving you plenty of flexibility with your schedule. Plus, during the drive each way, pick up historical fun facts and restaurant recommendations from the driver.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$47.25
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Juneau Whale Watching Tour

Juneau Whale Watching Tour

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Spend 2 hours out on the Auke Bay Harbor's waters searching for humpback whales during this boat tour from Juneau. Listen to commentary from your guide and keep a lookout for other marine animals such as orca, bald eagles, and sea lions. Snacks, refreshments, and round-trip transportation from the Mt. Roberts Tramway in Juneau provided.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$115.00
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Juneau Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

Juneau Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

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Experience some of the best that Juneau has to offer on this full-day tour that features whale watching and a salmon bake. Watch for the giant creatures breaching and playing in Auke Bay. A naturalist on board also points out Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoises, bald eagles and sea birds in the area. Whale sightings are guaranteed. Then, in a historic gold rush setting, enjoy freshly grilled Alaska salmon, part of an all-you-can-eat buffet. Roast marshmallows around a campfire—what’s a better way to end a day of Alaska sightseeing?
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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US$177.45
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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

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Experience Mendenhall Glacier by land and water on this 6.5-hour combo-adventure tour from Juneau. First, hop into a canoe at Mendenhall Lake and paddle around luminescent blue icebergs and past cliffs and waterfalls toward Mendenhall Glacier. Step onto the glacier and explore the area with trekking poles. No matter what level of paddling or glacial-trekking experience you have, a guide is there to prepare you for each step of the journey. Look for wildlife sightings and expect personalized attention on this small-group tour limited to 14 people.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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US$386.62
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Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip

Mendenhall Glacier Float Trip

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Hold on for an exhilarating river-rafting ride along Mendenhall Glacier. During this half-day adventure, drive through Mendenhall Valley before climbing aboard a raft rowed by an experienced guide. Float along for six miles around the foot of the glacier, through winding stretches of Class II and III whitewater rapids. Soak up gorgeous mountain scenery, and wrap up the day with a delicious snack. Families, beginners and the more experienced are all welcome! Hotel transport from Juneau included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour

Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour

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Hit the Alaskan waters on this 3.5-hour Mendenhall Lake kayak tour in Tongass National Forest. Journey across the lake in a kayak with group members in your same expertise level. Maneuver around glaciers as you take in stunning sights of the lake’s natural beauty, and catch sight of wildlife as you go. Paddle by Nugget Falls and the 3,000-year-old Mendenhall Glacier.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

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Go deep into the Alaskan wilderness to a protected wildlife site with the highest concentration of brown bears in the world. This bucket-list day trip to Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area includes a floatplane flight over Tongass National Forest and a kayak paddle through Windfall Harbor. An informative guide takes your small group of no more than 10 people into the woods to observe brown bears romping in the meadows and catching salmon in rivers. The Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area issues a limited number of visitation permits, exclusively to tour operators. Avoid disappointment by booking this tour well in advance.
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  • 8 hours
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