With experienced guides that are just as excited as you are, the Whales and Trails Tour with Gastineau Guiding in Juneau, Alaska, offers the best opportunity to experience Alaska’s wilderness and wildlife.
The first part of the adventure is whale watching. From a boat with wide windows and a covered deck for comfort, visitors have the chance to see orcas and humpback whales in their natural habitat. The boat comes equipped with a hydrophone sound system, which allows you to listen to the whales underwater. Whales, though, are not the only animal you might see; sea lions, birds, otters, seals and dolphins are likely, as well. The snow-capped mountains in the distance make the adventure all the more scenic.
Next is the rainforest hike in Tongass National Forest. The guides stress the importance of understanding the local ecosystem, so visitors will learn about the forest’s ecology while walking along the lush trails. Black bears might also be sighted. Toward the end of the tour is Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls where stunning views of ice await and salmon can be seen swimming in the glacial lake.