comScore
Tracy Arm Fjord picture in Juneau
Emily Riddell / Design Pics / Getty Images

Key Info

Details

  • Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
  • Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.8
Overall
US NEWS LOGO

Scorecard

  • Value
    4.0
  • Atmosphere
    5.0

Read about how we rank Things to Do.

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 27-mile-long Tracy Arm Fjord is the bigger, better and more dramatic natural gem. The inlet is very narrow – at times, no more than half a mile wide – with cliffs that rise more than 3,000 feet on either side and waterfalls that cascade down the steep rock walls. During the summer, you can spot eagles, seals, bears and whales here. 

Recent visitors said that if you only have time for one experience in Juneau, this is it. Travelers described the glacial scenery as "incredible" and "breathtaking," and recommended bringing along a quality set of binoculars and a camera to capture the scene. 

The Tracy Arm Fjord is 45 miles south of Juneau, but worth the trek. If your cruise ship doesn't sail through the glaciers, you'll have to take a boat tour, which usually lasts an entire day. Adventure Bound Alaska and Allen Marine Tours operate well-reviewed excursions from May through September, and you should reserve your spot at least a week in advance; space is limited and rates vary. For more information, check out each tour company's website. 

Powered by Viator See more Tours & Tickets

Hotels Nearby

  • Thing to Do
  • Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton Juneau

Four Points by Sheraton Juneau ...

  • None Miles Away
  • 3.0-star Hotel Class
Westmark Baranof Hotel

Westmark Baranof Hotel ...

  • 0.2 Miles Away
  • 3.0-star Hotel Class
Silverbow Inn

Silverbow Inn ...

  • 0.1 Miles Away
  • 3.0-star Hotel Class
See all hotels in Juneau »

More Best Things to Do in Juneau

Tracy Arm Fjord picture in Juneau
Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Mendenhall Glacier picture in Juneau
Natural Wonders, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Whale Watching Tours picture in Juneau
Sightseeing, Tours Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Glacier Gardens picture in Juneau
Natural Wonders, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
View from Mount Roberts Tramway picture in Juneau
Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Alaska Brewing Company picture in Juneau
Tours, Wineries/Breweries Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
|

#1 Tracy Arm Fjord 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 27-mile-long Tracy Arm ... Read more » Emily Riddell / Design Pics / Getty Images

#2 Mendenhall Glacier Mendenhall Glacier welcomes more than 400,000 visitors each year, and it's easy to see why: aside from its stunning arctic beauty, the glacier is only 12 miles outside ... Read more » Dagny Willis / Getty Images

#3 Whale Watching Tours Many travelers make the trek to Alaska for two things: glaciers and whales. The latter can be a bit more elusive to spot, which is why it's best to ... Read more » samchad / Getty Images

#4 Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures Located between downtown Juneau and its airport, the Glacier Gardens offer a glimpse into Alaska's frequently forgotten rainforest. Here, you'll ride through 50 acres of lush vegetation aboard ... Read more » EdCorey / Getty Images

#5 Mount Roberts Tramway If your time in Juneau is limited, the Mount Roberts Tramway is the easiest and fastest way to gain an appreciation for the city's beautiful natural setting. Just south ... Read more » Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau

#6 Alaska Brewing Company Travelers who visit the Alaskan Brewing Company usually want to experience something different than normal port-of-call tourist shops. And here, they get it. About 6 miles north of the cruise ... Read more » WordRidden / Flickr

Tracy Arm Fjord picture in Juneau
Mendenhall Glacier picture in Juneau
Whale Watching Tours picture in Juneau
Glacier Gardens picture in Juneau
View from Mount Roberts Tramway picture in Juneau
Alaska Brewing Company picture in Juneau
Tracy Arm Fjord picture in Juneau
Mendenhall Glacier picture in Juneau
Whale Watching Tours picture in Juneau
Glacier Gardens picture in Juneau
View from Mount Roberts Tramway picture in Juneau
Alaska Brewing Company picture in Juneau

Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier steals most of the tourist traffic, but the 27-mile-long Tracy Arm Fjord is the bigger, better and more dramatic natural gem.  Emily Riddell / Design Pics / Getty Images

Mendenhall Glacier is the only glacier in Southeast Alaska accessible by road (you can easily take a cab here). Dagny Willis / Getty Images

In Juneau, North Pacific humpbacks and orcas are the two most common types of whales migrating through these calm waters. Signing up for a tour is the best way to observe these spectacular animals. samchad / Getty Images

Located between downtown Juneau and its airport, the Glacier Gardens offer a glimpse into Alaska's frequently forgotten rainforest.  EdCorey / Getty Images

The view from the Mount Roberts Tramway, which includes the Gastineau Channel, amazes the thousands of visitors that flock to Juneau each year. Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau

Many visitors praise the brewery's sizable samples. WordRidden / Flickr

×

See full list of Best Things to Do in Juneau »

Explore More of Juneau

Find the Best Price

Enter your check in and check out dates to find the best price

PriceFinder powered by TripAdvisor Primary Logo