Visiting Mendenhall Glacier was probably the best day I had out of the whole trip.
A round trip bus ticket is about $40, but the park itself won’t cost you anything.
If you are lucky, you will see wild black bears. But don’t worry. The bear areas has a raised boardwalk and bear-proof gates, so you can view them out of their reach but still incredibly close.
We were lucky enough to see a group of 4 bears catching salmon in the stream.
More than that, the trail to Nugget Falls was beautiful and the waterfall itself is amazing. I have never been so close to such a large waterfall, it is really magnificent.
The glacier itself is even one of the most stunning this I have ever seen. I even learned that it is a part of the little ice age which occurred 3000 years ago!