Mendenhall Glacier Rating: Not Rated
The bus took us from the tramway to the USDA Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The driver was informative and entertaining. We hiked the 0.8 mi Nugget Falls Trail for some excellent views of the glacier and falls before we had to board the bus for return to the tramway (very close to the dock). The cost was about $13 when purchased with an all day Tramway pass. The bus schedule resulted in a late lunch, but at least the restaurant wasn't crowded. One could easily spend the day at the glacier. To do so, the city bus (Capital Transit blue route, $2 each way, exact fare required) adds a 1.5 mi. walk. Taxi or rental car are also options.
Mount Roberts Tramway Rating: Not Rated
The Tramway ride was just the beginning. A short film outlines the Tlingit culture, introduced by a woman who greets you in the unique Tlingit language and translates as she goes along. A restaurant with a deck providing wonderful views to the northeast offers locally sourced fare and Alaskan draft beer (as well as the other kind). A trail system allows visitors of various fitness levels to obtain even more spectacular views than those available at the tram terminus (which are none too shabby themselves). We saw ptarmigan on the trail to Father Brown's Cross. There is a nature center, rescued bald eagle, and a gift store, which features Alaskan and Native Made items.