Visiting Mendenhall Glacier is a great opportunity that, sadly, won't be around for much longer. It is a beautiful, serene, and awe-inspiring sight, but with the decrease in snow fall and the recession of the ice field, I'm afraid my grandchildren may not ever have to opportunity to see it. The park has an excellent visitors' center with park rangers on hand to give explanations of the glacier and the surrounding area. For example, we learned that glacier ice melts five times slower than the ice we're used to due to the lack of oxygen within it. Who knew? Anyway, you can walk relatively close to the glacier if you want, as there is a nice path that will lead you within a short distance of it (with a beautiful waterfall at the end as well), but even if you stay near the lodge you will have excellent views and photo opportunities. I really think anyone who finds themselves in the Juneau area should make this sight a priority. Just look out for bears. They like the area too.
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