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How to Spend 2 Days in Juneau

How to Spend 2 Days in Juneau

With two days to spend in the Alaskan capital, you’ll have time not only to explore its star attractions and experience a bit of local culture, but also to cross a couple of bucket list experiences off your list. Read on for tips on how to make the most of your 48 hours in Juneau.

Day 1: Essential Juneau

**Morning:**Spend your first day in Juneau hitting all the highlights of this Alaskan outpost, starting with the Mendenhall Glacier. This drive-up glacier ranks among the state’s most visited attractions, and there are plenty of ways to experience it. Take in the river of ice from the Mendenhall Visitor Center, or get closer with a kayaking tour of Mendenhall Lake or a guided trek across the ice itself.

**Afternoon:**If there’s one thing Juneau is as famous for as ice, it’s wildlife. This afternoon, board a boat and head out into the waters of the Inside Passage in search of whales. Orcas and seals are common sightings, but the stars of the show are some 600 humpback whales that spend their summers in these frigid waters. Between April and November, sightings are just about guaranteed. 

**Night:**Finish off your day of essential Alaskan experiences with a local culinary tradition: the salmon bake. This quintessential all-you-can-eat feast features Alaskan salmon grilled over an alder wood fire. In Juneau, most salmon bakes include a bit of mining history as well, giving visitors the chance to learn about the Wagner Mine or even pan for gold in a nearby creek.

Day 2: Bucket List Experiences

**Morning:**It’s hard to get a feel for the immensity of the Juneau Ice Field from ground level. This morning, take to the air for a helicopter flight above this sea of ice. Land on Herbert Glacier to walk across this remote and icy landscape while learning about its unique geology. Alternatively, see several regional glaciers while flightseeing aboard a floatplane.

**Afternoon:**After the thrill of a helicopter flight, experience the thrill of the wind in your face as you race across snow-covered fields, pulled by a team of Alaskan huskies. Dogsledding holds an important place in Juneau’s cultural heritage; learn about managing a team of dogs and hear stories of Iditarod mushers during an afternoon at a secluded camp.

**Night:**Unwind after your final day of Alaskan adventure at one of the state’s oldest breweries, Alaska Brewing Company. Learn about how the beer is made while touring the facilities, then sample some of the finished products. If beer’s not your thing, head into downtown Juneau instead for and spend your last evening exploring its historic streets.

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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
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US$ 324.00
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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
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US$ 356.03
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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
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US$ 47.25
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Sled Dog Discovery in Juneau

Sled Dog Discovery in Juneau

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While in Alaska, it can be hard to find activities for the whole family to agree on. This sled dog discovery tour in Juneau is the perfect solution—kids and people of all ages are sure to be excited to visit with the husky puppies. You’ll also learn from a musher all about dog sledding in Alaska and ride down a 1-mile track with a team of huskies, too.
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  • 2 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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US$ 219.45
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Juneau Gold Creek Salmon Bake

Juneau Gold Creek Salmon Bake

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Immerse yourself in an all-inclusive Alaskan experience: enjoy an all-you-can-eat salmon bake, sift for gold, and watch a Tlingit Master Carver at work on totem poles and silver. After feasting on grilled wild salmon, blueberry cake and more, roast marshmallows by the campfire. Visit the nearby Wagner Mine for glimpses of mining relics, walk to Salmon Creek waterfall, and pick up original Tlingit works of art. Various shuttle departures give you the flexibility to enjoy this outing for as long as you like.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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