Combine two great tours into one! Your driver-guide recounts the history of Juneau’s gold rush en route to monumental Mendenhall Glacier.
This meandering river of compressed blue ice ranks as the largest glacier accessible by road in southeast Alaska. After visiting the Mendenhall Glacier, your shuttle will take you to the famous Gold Creek Salmon Bake.
The Mendenhall Glacier runs over a half mile wide, 1,000 feet deep and is fed by the 1,500 square mile Juneau Icefield. The U.S. Forest Service staff offers a wealth of information on glaciers during your visit and the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center features exhibits, interactive videos and a panoramic view of the glacier. Don’t forget your camera, as the center offers the perfect vantage point for photos of this world-famous sight. Explore the numerous self-guided walking trails to experience the special beauty of Tongass National Forest and ever-changing glimpses of the glacier.
Featured on Bravo Television’s Top Chef, Gold Creek Salmon Bake is an event that’s been grilled to perfection for 38 years. Savor the aroma of wild Alaska salmon, grilling over a fragrant alderwood fire—this sumptuous all you can eat feast features our signature alderwood-grilled WILD Alaska salmon, Cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, hot chowder, a selection of sides, salads, beverages and homemade blueberry cake for dessert.
Beer and wine are available for purchase. Relax listening to live Alaskan folk music in a truly unique, lush rainforest environment under heated, translucent domes.
Take a short stroll along a natural salmon-spawning creek to the entrance of the Wagner Mine at beautiful Salmon Creek Falls where you can pan for gold, see mining relics, and look for salmon. Have fun roasting marshmallows over a campfire and taking photos at the interactive, gold rush mural.
The food, entertainment, activities, and ambiance make Gold Creek Salmon Bake an Alaskan experience that is much more than a meal. Take your time! With frequent courtesy bus service, you can return at your leisure.
INCLUDED: Narrated transfer to Mendenhall Glacier, entrance to Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center, and self-guided tour; wild Alaskan salmon and all-you-can eat buffet at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake; return transfer to the dock.
RESTRICTIONS: All ages are welcome.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy to Moderate. There are many trails at the Mendenhall Glacier with different levels of activity.
CANCELLATION: Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to departure in order to receive a full refund.
WHAT TO WEAR: Be prepared for rainy weather with waterproof rain jacket.
MEETING INSTRUCTIONS: Meeting point is the Mt. Roberts Tramway, under the cables in front of the Tram building. Look for dock representatives wearing red hats, and red jackets. Meet 15 minutes prior to departure.