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Glacier Bay Area

Glacier Bay Area

Sixteen spectacular glaciers flow from surrounding mountains into the waters of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. With its abundant wildlife and tidewater glaciers, Glacier Bay National Park is one of the top destinations on cruise ship itineraries that explore Alaska’s Inside Passage.

Independent travelers can access Glacier Bay from the nearby town of Gustavus. This charming village has visitor services, lodges and guest houses, restaurants, art galleries, and tour operators that lead kayaking, flightseeing, wildlife viewing, fishing, and boat tours.

Nine miles from Gustavus is Bartlett Cove, home to the Glacier Bay National Park Headquarters where visitors can book day tours, join a ranger-led hike, and get backcountry permits and other information. Bartlett Cove is the jumping off point for kayak and boat trips into Glacier Bay and includes a tent-only campground, a lodge with a restaurant and bar, and access to the only established hiking trails in the park.

Glacier Bay Area: Cities & Towns

Glacier Bay Area: Parks

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