It’s another glorious day in Southeast Alaska. We flew to Juneau from Seattle on Alaska Airlines for a big adventure. Here’s a beautiful shot from across the Gastineau Channel by Dana White:
First, get high on the Mt. Roberts Tram. Catch the tram right downtown at the cruise ship terminal. It’s a quick ride up to the roundhouse at 1,800 feet, where there’s a restaurant, gift shop and trail map. You can take a number of hiking loops, anywhere from one to two miles–or head up to the top of Mt. Roberts. The views are incredible. Get Gastineau Guiding to take you on a guided nature hike.
Visit Mendenhall Glacier–it is a short drive from the airport. Liz Stahl took this photo:
Or, for a knock-your-socks-off adventure, get the chopper to take you up there. Several companies, including Era Helicopters and TEMSCO Helicopters, can take you up to a glacier to you can play on the ice and do some incredible flightseeing!
On the water, you can go fishing, or go whalewatching. Gastineau Guiding also offers up-close whalewatching. The giant sea mammals are all around Juneau. Cam Byrnes captured this image:
Our adventure? We’re headed up the Taku River for a couple of nights in a Forest Service cabin near the Taku Glacier. Pictures and full report to follow. Then, off on the Alaska Marine Highway! Can’t wait!
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