Tasty Gold Creek Salmon Bake At Mendenhall Glacier
Embark from the port on a scenic drive to the stunning Mendenhall Glacier on this Juneau shore excursion, where an informative Visitor Center hosts a variety of entertaining exhibits. Afterward, feast on an all-you-can-eat Alaskan lunch surrounded by beautiful local culture and arts.
On this Juneau tour you will receive insightful narration on Juneau’s gold rush history as you travel to Mendenhall Glacier. This stunning destination is encompassed by a winding river of compressed blue ice, ranked as the largest accessible glacier by road in Southeast Alaska. The beautiful natural wonder runs half a mile wide and hundreds of feet deep, fed by the 1,500 square-mile Juneau Icefield.
The U.S. Forest Service staff offers a wealth of information on glaciers during your self-guided exploration of the Mendenhall Glacier on this Juneau excursion. The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center features interesting exhibits, interactive videos, and a gorgeous panoramic view of the glacier. This is the perfect time to bring out your camera the visitor center offers an ideal vantage point for capturing the world-famous sight. Numerous self-guided walking trails can be explored to experience the serenity of Tongass National Forest.
The food, entertainment, activities, and ambiance make Gold Creek Salmon Bake a true Alaskan experience. Combined with the stunning Mendenhall Glacier, this is one Juneau shore excursion you don’t want to miss! Book today for an incredible Juneau Alaska tour.
Whale Watching Salmon Bake And Mendenhall Glacier Tour
Come face to face with a glacier, marvel at a huge humpback whale leaping out of the water, and top this excitement off with a scrumptious meal featuring wild Alaskan salmon grilled over an alder wood fire on this Juneau excursion. You’ll call this combination amazing. We call it the Best of Juneau.
Enjoy a narrated transfer to the spectacular ice wall of the Mendenhall Glacier and its adjacent Visitors Center in Juneau. Tour the grounds, snap photos, take in the interactive exhibits, and turn to a ranger who can satisfy your curiosity about the natural wonders of the Mendenhall.
From Mendenhall Glacier, you’ll be transported to Auke Bay. There your captain and onboard naturalist will welcome you aboard our state of the art 48-passenger jet boat custom designed for Juneau whale watching with large windows, an outside viewing deck, and an amplified hydrophone system for listening to whales communicate underwater.
Binoculars are available for your use onboard throughout the Juneau excursion. Venture out on the deck to enjoy a panoramic view of your surroundings or to take a photo. Or, settle into your warm and comfortable interior to enjoy the scenery and wildlife sightings through the over-sized windows.
Please Note: The sequence of tour features may vary.
- Port History
Mendenhall Glacier And Salmon Bake Tour
This tour had two stops..at the Glacier and at the Salmon bake. We were given one hour at the Glacier. We could have used two hours there. It took one hour to make the two mile walk back to the large waterfall alone. So we were moving wuickly to get back to the bus on time. But the area there is beautiful to see. It is well worth the time.The Salmon bake surprised me a bit. It was much better than I had planned. The salmon was awesome. So tasty and well prepared. The side dishes were very good to. It was also fun that it was located near a waterfall where the return home to spawn ended. Lots of salmon could be seen in the little river that flowed.We enjoyed our trip very much to see the Glacier and eat native salmon.
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Mendenhall Glacier And Salmon Bake
We will be in Alaska on a cruise in early June. We would like to do the Mendenhall Glacier and Salmon Bake while we’re there. We want to do this on our own because the cruise line excursion doesn’t offer enough time at both places. Is it possible to do these on our own so that we can come and go as we please? If so, what would be the best way? Thank you for your tips and suggestions. Since we haven’t been to Alaska we don’t really know what to expect.
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Absolutely you can do Mendenhall on your own:
1. M& M Blue Bus, $45 pp, runs every 30 minutes, you choose which time to return. The $5 entrance fee is included.
2. Depending how many “we” is, a taxi might be a cheaper option. It used to cost $35 each way but I don’t know if that price has gone up. Be aware most taxis add on an exorbitant entrance fee when the actual fee at Mendenhall is only $5….you might want to read this old thread:
3. City bus, the fare is something like $2. However, it takes a long time, plus drops you off over a mile from the visitor center so would add 2+ miles of walking….
4. Rental car . This gives you the most flexibility, and you could easily visit other places or just do the scenic drive out to Eagle Beach.
Salmon Bake is roughly 4 miles from where your ship docks, Mendenhall is another 9 or so miles past that.
Edited: 2:08 pm, January 07, 2022
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This activity will take up about 40% of your time in port.
Carnival: Adults, from $99.99 kids, from $69.99Princess: from $99.95
What You Need to Bring:
- Comfortable lightweight shirt
- Bring your camera. sells a great feature packed Nikon 13 MP point-and-shoot camera that’s waterproof, shockproof and family friendly for around $150.
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What Else You Need to Know:
Transit to the site: You will board a bus at the Cruise Ship docks and take a 25-minute drive to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.
Who should take this tour:
- Nature lovers
- Folks who want to learn more about Juneau’s Mendenhall Glacier
- Folks who want to learn about the life cycle of Alaskan salmon
- Folks who want to enjoy a traditional Alaskan salmon bake
Additional Venue Information
Mendenhall Glacier. One of the most popular tourist attractions in Juneau, the Mendenhall Glacier is located approximately 12 miles north of downtown Juneau. Originally known as Sitaantaagu or Aak’wtaaksit by the Tlingits, the glacier was named Auk Glacier by naturalist John Muir for the Tlingit Auk Kwaan band in 1888. A year later, the glacier was renamed the Mendenhall Glacier in honor of Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, who served on the Alaska Boundary Commission that surveyed the international boundary between Canada and Alaska.