Juneau, Alaska, US
Exclusive Mendenhall Glacier, Rainforest Garden & State Museum
City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4 Hours
Juneau, Alaska is known for the surrounding glaciers and lush rain forest that make up the Tongass National Forest.
What is it like to live in the forest and how does it shape the lives of its inhabitants? The answers begin with a short drive through downtown Juneau's streets en route to Mendenhall Glacier, located in the Tongass National Forest, where you'll spend 90 minutes exploring the surrounding trails and waterfall offering fabulous views of the glacier. Allow time to enter the Visitor Center to check out the various exhibits and short film on the Juneau ice field.
At the Juneau Rainforest Garden, experience an intimate botanical oasis. Take a self-guided stroll among seasonal wildflowers and lush rain forest flora, and learn about Native uses of the endemic plants you see. Enjoy a light snack amid natural science displays. The resident hosts will answer any questions you may have about Alaska's natural environment.
The last part of the outing takes you to the state-of-the-art Alaska State Museum. Here, you will gain an understanding of Alaska's development. Exhibits include topics such as Alaska's indigenous peoples, the Russian era, and growth from a US territory into the 49th state. Additional attractions include a children's learning area, themed art exhibits, and NOAA's 'Science in a Sphere' which shows how our surrounding environment impacts our daily lives. From here, it's a short ride back to the ship or you may explore downtown Juneau on your own.
This tour operates under a Special Use Permit issued by the US Forest Service.