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Juneau: City Highlights Tour

1. Juneau: City Highlights Tour

Begin the tour on a comfortable minibus for a scenic ride past the State Capitol Building, the Governor's House, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Make a stop at the Alaska State Museum where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Alaskan culture and gain an appreciation for its rich and diverse history. Continue to Douglas Island for gorgeous views and photos of the Juneau coastline and Gastineau Channel. From there you will make a stop at the Macaulay Hatchery, commonly referred to as "DIPAC" by the locals. Learn about the salmon industry, observe various marine life, and watch the salmon run up the ladder, depending on the time of the year. Conclude your tour with a stop at the 50-acre Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure in the Tongass National Forest. Walk through this award-winning botanical garden and admire the flower towers as your guide fills you in on this region's varied ecosystem. Your tour will end near "Deckhand Dave's", the latest go-to food option in Juneau. Receive a voucher for a free serving of the signature rock-fish tacos. This new venue only serves locally caught fish in a fantastic creative way.

Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

2. Juneau: Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Tour

Meet your guide at the cruise ship docks to start off this adventure. Hop in the van and listen to live commentary while driving through Juneau into the Tongass National Forest, the largest National Forest in the United States.  Once arrived at the lake you will have a meet and greet with the second guide who helps you put on the gear. You receive a rain jacket, rain pants, and rain boots. Along with everything needed to stay safe, including but not limited to paddling gloves, life jackets, helmets, trekking poles, and dry bags.  Your guides go over safety and paddling instructions before stepping into the canoe. This journey across the lake is a team effort, so it is not necessary to have paddling experience.  The Mendenhall Lake is a glacier-fed lake which is surrounded by mountains and the famous Nugget Falls. The wind coming off the Mendenhall Glacier will officially welcome you to the Alaska wilderness.  Once the canoe is docked on the beach, there is time for a quick break before starting the hike to the glacier. During the hike, you can learn about the history of the area and listen to all the information your guides can share. At the same time, there will be enough quiet moments to soak in the calmness of Alaska.  Once arriving on the rocky shore next to the glacier, follow your guides on an exploration trek around the rocky moraine to view the glacier up close. The professional guides are in the wild every day and thrive on showing off what nature has to offer. One of the most unique aspects of the trip is that the glacial environment is in a constant state of movement and change, meaning no one tour is the same as the next. After your hike back to the canoes, be sure to soak in your last moments with the Mendenhall Glacier as the group paddles back to the shore. Once arrived your guides will provide a hot beverage while you take off the gear. After a short drive back to the cruise ships, you will walk away with memories of Alaska that you will never forget.

Juneau: Mendenhall Lake Canoe Tour

3. Juneau: Mendenhall Lake Canoe Tour

Come face to face with the famous Mendenhall Glacier on this once in a lifetime Alaskan adventure. Meet your guide at the Mt.Robert's Tram building near the cruise pier. Your guide will take you on a scenic tour by minivan to the Tongass National Forest where you can gaze upon the stunning Mendenhall Glacier. This small group canoe tour takes you past icebergs, waterfalls, and steep cliffs once carved by ice. Paddle up close to the face of this 3,000-year-old glacier, 13 miles long of ice, half a mile wide and up to 1,800 feet deep. This is Alaska's most visited glacier! The paddle time is around two hours from start to finish, providing plenty of time to take advantage of capturing the memory through scenic photos. You will be equipped with top quality gear including rain pants, rain jackets, waterproof boots, and everything else you will need to ensure your comfort and safety. You'll get a dry bag filled with bottled water and snacks, to be used to store personal belongings while canoeing. Please note this is canoe tour only and does not include hiking on a glacier. Throughout the day you are offered snacks and beverages.

Juneau: Rainforest Photo Safari on a Segway

4. Juneau: Rainforest Photo Safari on a Segway

Meet your guide at the cruise ship docks in Juneau and then head out on a brief, six-mile transfer to the tour starting point. A short training session helps you get acquainted with your Segway, and learn how it responds to your body language. After the briefing you’ll be given safety equipment and your own Segway. You’ll be surprised at how quickly you get the hang of it and how fun it is to ride.  As you set out, you will immediately encounter views of the majestic Mendenhall Glacier. Cruise along the coastline and make several stops for photos while you take in the pristine waters of Lynn Canal, part of the Inside Passage. Because you are on a Segway, you will have the opportunity to intimately interact with nature. Listen for eagle calls in flight, the waves lapping the shoreline, and maybe even spot the occasional humpback whale. As an added adventure, hop off your Segway and walk a seven-minute trail to a secluded beach to enjoy locally sourced snacks. Immerse yourself in the Tongas National Forest, a temperate rainforest and the largest National Forest in the US. Continue on to snap incredible photos while witnessing panoramic views with your fellow travelers. Throughout the journey, your guide will teach you about the diverse native flora and fauna. Don’t miss this extraordinary experience to discover one of Alaska's most exceptional settings.

Juneau: 2-Hour Goldtown Sightseeing Adventure

5. Juneau: 2-Hour Goldtown Sightseeing Adventure

Meet your guide at the Cruise Terminal in Juneau then ride the 1.5 mile journey to the starting point. Listen to your guide's instructions on how to control the Segway and be surprised how quickly you get the hang of it. At the starting point, begin your 2-hour sightseeing adventure, which has been designed to showcase the very best of Juneau. Visit the 7 totem poles created by Tlingit and Haida carvers to celebrate their culture and stories. Glide past the Georgian-style Governor’s mansion, and learn about Seward’s Folly as you cruise to the Alaska State Capital Building. Experience Gold Creek, the birthplace of the Gold Rush in Juneau, and view the headquarters where Alaska’s “liquid gold” billions are managed.  Throughout the tour, listen to your guide’s fascinating insight into the rich-history of this capital city. Through stories and the landmarks themselves, discover how Chief Kowee, Tsar Peter the Great, Joe Juneau, William Henry Seward, Marie Drake, and Bennie Benson each shaped this great land.

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What people are saying about Juneau

Bryce and Kelsey were incredible guides. They really engaged our 12 and 16 year old daughters early on and hooked in their attention for the day of adventure! People with teens know exactly how important this is! We canoed, we hiked, we learned, we stopped for photos. We explored and had an amazing up close adventure at the Glacier and Nugget Falls. I am amazed at how much knowledge the guides remembered and shared. It was really one of the most incredible and memorable days for our family. Thank you so much for everything you did to keep everyone warm and comfortable while also having a lot of fun!

My husband and I had the most amazing and wonderful time. The guides (Paul and Kels) were incredible and very knowledgeable. They made the experience unforgettable by taking us all other the glacier, answering our questions and taking the time to capture as many pictures as we wanted. We even got to see a bear!! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the tour and the guides. I will definitely book again.

My tour leader, Nathan, did an excellent job. He is VERY articulate, knowledgable, and well spoken. Knew so much about the area and gave us a nice, well-rounded glimpse of Juneau....from historic, to places of natural beauty and historical/cultural significance. Could not have been a better tour. You could tell he loves doing what he does and sharing his passion with his "guests".

An unforgettable experience in a wonderful place, the guides always attentive and taking great care of safety, we had an incredible time!

The guide was excellent. Answered all the questions and never pressure by the time