The Mendenhall Valley, which is where the majority of residents live, was formed over thousands of years by the Mendenhall Glacier and is now the drainage basin for the glacier as well as the most populated area of Juneau. Many people commute the ten miles between “The Valley” and Downtown each day which is quite easy along Egan Drive.
On the east end of this area you will find the Mendenhall Glacier, which is part of the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area within the Tongass National Forest. Their are many areas and trails to explore this area and it is the most popular tourist attraction from those visiting Juneau. On the west end of the area is Juneau International Airport which is the main method to get to Juneau from Seattle and Anchorage. Along with these key routes, the airport services as a hub for commuter airlines providing service throughout Southeast Alaska.