During the shuttle ride from Juneau port to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, your driver-guide provides insight into Juneau’s gold rush history. Check out the exhibits and interactive videos at the center. Embark on the self-guided walking trails and soak up views of Tongass National Forest and the ever-changing glacier. The US Forest Service staff is on hand to answer questions during your visit.
Then it’s off to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, an event that has been grilled to perfection for 38 years, located in the rain forest, under heated, translucent domes. Listen to live Alaskan folk music, and inhale the tantalizing smell of wild Alaska salmon being grilled over alder-wood fire.
Your menu: Alaska salmon, cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, Alyeska au gratin potatoes, salad, beverages and other succulent side dishes — are you hungry yet? Try the blueberry cake, and wash your meal down with beer and wine (own expense).
Walk off your hearty meal with any number of activities. Hike up to the Salmon Creek waterfall, or glimpse inside the entrance of the historic Wagner Mine. See mining relics inside and get into the spirit by sifting for gold on your own using a nearby trough. Back at the campfire, toast some marshmallows for a snack.
Afterwards, return to the cruise port using one of the available shuttle buses.