Tracy Arm Fjord
- Type: Natural Wonders, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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A "fjord" is a Nordic term meaning a narrow waterway surrounded by sharp cliffs. So while Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier steals most of the tourist traffic, the Tracy Arm Fjord is the bigger, better and more dramatic natural gem. Towering mountains and glaciers bracket Tracy's strip of water. During the summer, you can spot eagles, seals, bears and whales here. One TripAdvisor user recalls, "The scenery was spectacular. We saw icebergs floating all around us, and one of them even had a seal floating on it."
The Tracy Arm Fjord is 45 miles south of Juneau, but worth the trek. To see it, you'll have to take a boat tour, which usually lasts an entire day. Adventure Bound Alaska operates well-reviewed excursions from May through September, and you should reserve your spot at least a week in advance; space is limited. Rates vary, but Adventure Bound Alaska charges $150 for adults. For more information, check out the tour company's website.