NOT ENOUGH TIME in port! But we rented a car, and it was worth it! There is only one road, and it would be very difficult to get lost. We timed our visits around town so that the cruise tours would be over by the time we got there.
We found a great store there called Fred Meyer and it's on the main drag. They had souvenirs that were much less expensive than all the tourist shops that were packed down with cruisers.
We went to the Shrine at St. Therese, which was just beautiful. Then we went to the Mendenhall Glacier and took our time, and hiked to Nugget Falls. If you have time, DO IT! It was worth it. I think the Glacier is just stunning, and we really enjoyed it. For us, a couple of hours here would not have been enough.
We also drove a pretty good way through the Tongess National Forest, which was beautiful.
It was overcast, so we did not do the Mount Roberts Tramway.
It didn't rain though, so even though it was overcast, it was nice.
We rented our car from Rent-a-Wreck, and the car, though a bit older, was in good repair, and we felt safe and reliable. It was an easy walk from the ship, and if we ever went again, we would DEFINATELY do it again.
BUT we have gone whale watching before, so that's the reason we didn't do that. If we hadn't gone whale watching, that would have been what we would do because it's almost 100% you will see whales!