Juneau: Alaska Route 7 to Point Bridget State Park
Once you've visited Mendenhall Glacier, head "out the road," as the locals say, along this 35-mile stretch of the Glacier Highway with stupendous mountain and water views. Fuel up for your day with creative takes on the waffle—savory smoked salmon with dill cream cheese or sweet potato topped with torched marshmallows—at GonZo AK, overlooking Auke Bay, about 20 minutes north of Juneau. Continue to the National Shrine of St. Thérèse, where you can walk a labyrinth and visit a historic chapel made of local beach stones, and then to Eagle Beach, which boasts frequent bald eagle sightings. Farther on, wander the lush plantings at the Jensen Olson Arboretum, and then move on to Point Bridget State Park for a rain-forest-to-beach hike along the mostly flat 2.3-mile Point Bridget Trail. Need a nibble on your way back? Stop again in Auke Bay, this time at the Hot Bite, for stellar fish tacos featuring fresh Alaskan cod.