Nugget Creek falls cascade into Mendenhall Lake, close to Juneau, Alaska.

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Nugget Falls


A spectacular sight at Mendenhall Glacier is this waterfall, a mini-Niagara (in season) caused by Nugget Creek diving off a hanging valley into Mendenhall Lake. The easy half-mile walk to the falls from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is popular, meaning you're more likely to spot packs of selfie-taking tourists than salmon-hunting bears.

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1. Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

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This mini-museum holds ranger talks, shows an 11-minute film and displays exhibits relating to the glacier and its formation. There are huge panoramic…

2. Mendenhall Glacier

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3. Mendenhall Lake

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5. Shrine of St Thérèse

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6. Governor’s Mansion

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7. Wickersham State Historical Site

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8. St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

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