Juneau to Skagway

Juneau to Skagway

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
Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau

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.

Flora and Fauna, Alaska

Flora and Fauna, Alaska

On the trails and hikes around Mendenhall glacier you are likely to see amazing flora and fauna as well as the following wildlife;

  • Eagles
  • Mountain goats
  • Bears
  • Beavers
  • Salmon

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.

An Iceberg in Mendenhall Lake

An Iceberg in Mendenhall Lake

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.

Whale Watching, Juneau, Alaska

Whale Watching, Juneau, Alaska

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.

Cruise Ship from Juneau to Skagway

Cruise Ship from Juneau to Skagway

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!

Skagway to Glacier Bay National Park

2018-02-19T15:01:22+00:00January 21st, 2017|North America, USA|22 Comments


  1. Jane Clark January 23, 2017 at 3:38 am - Reply

    What a beautiful place. I love to visit national parks but have never thought of this area before. I can’t wait to visit there now, your pictures and description have inspired me.

  2. Mel I TravelingMel February 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    That shot of the whale tail is fantastic. What a great trip you had through Canada and Alaska. The more I read of these posts, the more envious I am! I also love the icebergs in Mendenhall Lake. What a treat to see so much beauty.

  3. Noemi of Pinay Flying High February 7, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    That is an amazing place! And I do believe that your photo of the whale is still good even if you weren’t able to get the body.

    Great tips including the bear sighting, not gonna risk a Revenant scene as well. Lol

  4. Clare February 8, 2017 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Alaska has been on my bucket list for so long but I haven’t made it yet. The Juneau glacier looks amazing, it looks like the perfect glacier going into a lake!! I would also love to do whale watching there. It all just looks so stunning, I need to try and get there soon 🙂

  5. Katharina February 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    I saw my very first glacier last year in Iceland. It was an amazing experience. And here you get to go Whale watching too! Sounds like the perfect destination for me. Stunning pictures by the way

  6. Janine Good February 8, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Juneau looks amazing! Alaska looks so picturesque. It is literally at my doorstep in Canada and I would love to fly up there at some stage. I enjoy whale watching a great deal as seeing these majestic creatures swim by is simply magical. The glaciers in Mendenhall lake look incredibly pristine. All things perfect about this destination for me.

  7. Global Girl Travels February 9, 2017 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Alaska is high up on my bucket list, along with Canada. Both seem to be really blessed when it comes to natural beauty, lakes and mountain views. Those glaciers are spectacular! I’ve been really enjoying your adventures at some of the most beautiful natural features in North America – can’t wait to read more.

  8. Allison February 9, 2017 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Alaska looks incredibly beautiful but I’m not sure how I would cope in the cold! Mendenhall Glacier would be an incredible experience as would whale watching. Looking forward to hearing all about your cruise!

  9. Jean February 9, 2017 at 4:32 am - Reply

    Oh I feel so silly. I didn’t know this was the capital of Alaska! Love the idea of seeing whales and watching huge chunks of ice float by.

  10. FS Page February 10, 2017 at 3:50 am - Reply

    There are so many lovely spots in this part of the world and the landscapes look surreal. I am not sure how i would survive in this cold but for views like this, i should try.

  11. Eric || The Bucket List Project February 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    I took my mom on the Alaskan cruise and we loved seeing the Mendenhall glacier. I was able to walk down the paths to the Glacier as my mom who struggles physically sometimes, enjoyed hanging out & viewing it from the visitor center relaxing in the warm inside while looking at it from the big windows.
    What a great experience. Wish we had a few more hours exploring Juneau though. Skagway was fun..that train is awesome!

  12. Midori February 15, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Another beautiful stop on your travel! I envy you!

  13. Julie Cao February 19, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Juneau is one of my favorite cities in Alaska and the hike to Mendenhall Glaicer is gorgeous. I would like to return again one day! The picture of Flora and Fauna is my favorite too.

  14. Richard May 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    We stopped here and camped for bout 4 days not long ago, super town, only in Alaska can you have a capital city with no road in or out! Did you love Tracy Arm? So many whales and Ice carvings. Great article!

  15. Chloe May 24, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Ahhh this looks incredible! I can’t get over how colorful it appears even though it is so cold. Would love to see a real ice burg and wild whales!

  16. LJ Legend May 24, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this I am heading to Alaska later on in the year as part of my trip across the pond and didn’t really have an itinary of what to look out for and thanks to you I now do. I hope I get to see the Whales when I am there supper excited now.

  17. yukti May 25, 2017 at 3:33 am - Reply

    I haven’t seen glaciers floating in water. Your pictures tempted me to plan for visit. Mendenhall Lake look so picturesque and relaxing. Watching whales tour is must do activity for me too.I would also like to take cable car for full view of downside.

  18. Rahul Khurana May 25, 2017 at 4:36 am - Reply

    The place looks so beautiful and stunning. The pic of the Mendenhall Glacier is awesome. I have always been fond of glaciers floating on water and would definitely want to see them someday. 🙂

  19. Natasha Haley May 25, 2017 at 6:53 am - Reply

    I remember learning about Juneau because it was the name of a song by a band I liked back in the day! Haha. This looks like a wonderful journey and I would love to take it myself sometime

  20. Jitaditya Narzary May 25, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Really surreal sights from Alaska. That red mushroom is straight out of Alice in Wonderland! Whale watching is something I have always wanted to do but they are available nowhere near my place!

  21. Iza Abao May 26, 2017 at 5:04 am - Reply

    I was able to visit Juneau when I was working for Norwegian Cruise Line. I was mesmerized when I saw the mountains. It was in August and it did not feel that cold. I was not able to do whale watching but I had a great time taking a lot of photos. The weather was just awesome. I saw a lot of colorful and big totem poles. I would love to visit Juneau again someday.

  22. Bhusha May 26, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Overnight cruise sounds interesting! If you’re pressed for time for those cruises which are for 4 days to 1 week, this overnight one looks like a good alternative with all the entertainment & food! Interesting pic of the Whale’s tail!

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