- Type: Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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If you're spending a few days in Juneau, you should most certainly visit Mendenhall Glacier -- a very photogenic chunk of ice at the base of a mountain. You know you're at a well-traveled nature site, when you see the Jetson-esque Visitor Center, which charges admission (about $3) in the busy summer months. You can do everything from raft around Mendenhall Lake, hike around the glacier or even dog-sled on it.
One TripAdvisor exclaims: "This is a beautiful place! Make sure you have plenty of time to spend there. You will want to walk to the waterfall and will need at least 45 minutes just for the walking part."
Mendenhall Glacier is 12 miles from Juneau. If you're on a budget, you can buy a roundtrip ticket on the Glacier Express bus for $16. The Visitor's Center is open from May through September 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day. For more information, check out the Visitor Center's website.