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Alaska's Whales & Rainforest Trails
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Juneau is a spectacular place of diverse, natural habitats from valley glaciers, to temperate forests and natural fjords. Traveling in a small group, this exploratory journey introduces you to this pristine wilderness with a certified Naturalist Guide as your leader. Whale sightings are guaranteed on this small group outing combining a marine exploration with a gentle hike on a secluded rainforest trail.
Your trip begins with your guide sharing stories as you travel out to the trail head on North Douglas Island. A short hike takes you through old growth forest, musk keg, and out to a scenic beach. Spend an hour exploring under forested canopies and sweeping glacial landscapes. This small corner of the Tongass National Forest is home to beavers, eagles, salmon, porcupines and black bears.
Following a short drive and a picture stop with the Mendenhall Glacier in the distance, you’ll climb aboard an exploration vessel specifically designed for up close wildlife viewing. The customized covered watercraft puts you eye-to-eye with the marine life that thrive in these protected waters. Humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoises, seals and sea birds are commonly seen. Keep a camera handy to capture the behaviors of these marine residents.
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Note: Participants must be able to walk on their own for over an hour covering approximately 1.5 miles on level trail. Infants must be carried in an infant backpack. Group size is limited to 20 participants to ensure a comfortable and personal experience. We recommend you dress in layers and wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. This tour operates in all weather conditions. Raingear, bottled water and a snack pack are included. Liability waiver required to be signed in the presence of the tour operator. Whale sightings are guaranteed or you’ll receive $100 cash back at the conclusion of the tour. All tour participants on this excursion are eligible to enter the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest and win cash prizes. A complimentary booklet, Remembering Juneau by Land & Sea is provided as a memento of your day.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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