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An August 2001 trip to Juneau by sasha1

Mendenhall Glacier Photo, Juneau, Alaska More Photos
Quote: This little Alaska city has so much to offer. From humpback whales to Alaska Ale we had a great time. Started adding Juneau to my Alaska Autumn journal and decided it needed one of it's own.

Juneau for Everyone

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Overview

Juneau Lights Photo, Juneau, Alaska
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The Wildlife Quest cruise was wonderful. I highly recommend it and if you'd like to know more please read the entry in my Alaska Autumn journal. Catamaran tour for a whale encounter of the best kind. Mendenhall was my first experience face to the face of a glacier. Blue ice, trapped rocks from a thousand years ago and silt meeting freshwater. A few minutes from Juneau and well worth the trip. Mt. Roberts Tramway. Not for those scared of heights but what a wonderful view and a relaxing way to unwind while hiking the trails at the top. Keep an eye out for wildlife and make sure the kids visit the nature center. After shopping or just to unwind and have some fun stop in at ...Read More

Mendenhall Glacier

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Attraction | "Mendendall Glacier"

Mendenhall Glacier Photo, Juneau, Alaska
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Mendenall Glacier is located a short distance from Juneau. Tours are available or you can simply grab a cab or van ride out to the glacier for about $5.00. Plan to spend a few hours. Start your visit at the Park Center. There are exhibits and films that explain the history of Mendenhall and the making of glaciers. Park service representatives are more than willing to answer questions. It's an easy 1/4 mile hike down to the glacier lake itself where Mendenhall is closest. I was stunned at visitors who asked if they should bother going down! The view at the entrance is certainly stunning but not to be willing to hike a few more yards? Amazing. We were lucky enough to come ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2001

Mendenhall Glacier
709 W 9th St
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(907) 789-0097

Mount Roberts Tramway

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Attraction | "Mt. Roberts Tram"

Mount Roberts Tramway Photo, Juneau, Alaska
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For $19.75 (Adult) or $10.50 (ages 7-12) take a steep ride to the top of Mount Roberts and an alpine setting via the Tramway. The view is panoramic including the Inside Passage and the Chilkat Mountain range as well as overlooking the city of Juneau itself. At the top you have your choices of watching a film about the Tlingit Natives, eating at the restaurant and guided or independent hiking. There are also gift shops with an emphasis on native crafts. Make sure to stop at the nature center to learn about the environment and wildlife on the mountain. We only saw a hoary marmot during our hike but then- we'd never seen one before so add it to the fun. For the serious hiker y...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2001

Mount Roberts Tramway
490 S Franklin St
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(907) 463-3412

Red Dog Saloon

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Red Dog Saloon Photo, Juneau, Alaska
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It's difficult to enter this swinging door, sawdust covered floor saloon unnoticed. While we were there the piano player (and patrons) greeted each newcomer with "Hi! Where you from?" and before they could answer were told "Who Cares!" Trying to leave without a tip to our piano playing host would earn additional comments. The Red Dog you will be told is currently at its third "original" location smack along the water front. Overcrowded with "frontier" atmosphere and loads of silliness it is place to kick back and have a good time. The staff do their best to make sure that's what happens. The atmosphere is friendly and fun but not for those without a willingness to jump in and partic...Read More

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Red Dog Saloon
278 South Franklin Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
(907) 463-3658

Wildlife Quest

Attraction | "Wildlife Quest -Juneau"

Wildlife Quest Photo, Juneau, Alaska
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Best part of our visit to Juneau. Rather than repeat the information I'm refering you to my Alaska Autumn journal. Look for the journal entry with the same name as above. Had a wonderful time, saw plenty of wildlife and so many whales. What an experience.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2001

Wildlife Quest
76 Egan Drive
Juneau, Alaska 99801
800-820-2628

Alaska Land of Flowers

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Impressionists Landscape Photo, Juneau, Alaska
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The last thing I would have predicted would be a profusion of flowers in Alaska. But baskets, window boxes, barrels and cultivated gardens spilled over with color everywhere I went. That was in addition to the wildflowers, flowering grasses and berry bushes in the natural landscape. With so much rainy weather and gray skies I could accept that residents might long to add color to their lives through flowering plants but that's not the whole story. When I remarked upon my surprise to a native Alaskan he explained that Alaska has great expanses of rain forest and greenery florishes here the same way it does it the tropics. At a Native American Center I spent time with a guide who exp...Read More