Juneau is the capital city of Alaska in the United States. Juneau offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Mendenhall glacier, lake and ice caves
- Tracy arm
- Juneau icefield
- Gastineau channel
- Alaska state capitol building
- Cable car to Mount Roberts peak
- Devils paw on the Alaska, British Columbia border
- Alaska governor’s mansion (famous for Sara Palin)
- Alaska state museum
Juneau is famous for the 13 mile long Mendenhall glacier which ends at Mendenhall lake. The glacier has its very own visitor center and there are a few nature trails and hikes around the area. There is also a wooden walkway which offers great views of the glacier. It’s very easy to get to the glacier, there are day trips on sale in downtown Juneau. You can also combine a Juneau city tour with a visit to the glacier which is perfect if you’re here on a cruise and short of time.
On the trails and hikes around Mendenhall glacier you are likely to see amazing flora and fauna as well as the following wildlife;
- Mountain goats
It’s be nice to see a bear from a distance but not close up as we don’t want to experience a scene from the Revenant.
You will see icebergs that have detached from Mendenhall glacier floating around Mendenhall lake. If you are lucky you will see the symbol of America, the bald eagle, sitting on a glacier. For the strong ones amongst us it is possible to take an 8 hour hike to the Mendenhall glacier caves, you’ll be rewarded with amazing photographs and probably sore legs the next day.
Juneau is a fantastic place to take a whale watching tour. For great whale photos you will need a camera with strong zoom and patience. You don’t know where the whale will appear next and when it does you’ll have to react quickly to get the body. You have a little more time to react and get a picture of the tail. If you have never been to see whales in their true habitat, I recommend you do it at least once in your life.
The next destination on my Princess cruise is Skagway which is an overnight cruise. During this overnight cruise there is great entertainment and unlimited food. There is also a gym for those feeling guilty for eating so much. A bench press is a whole new experience in a rocking ship!