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Portage Glacier, Girdwood

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Portage Glacier once covered the entire valley. When the glacier retreated, lush greenery and a clear lake were left behind. Head to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center to learn about the natural and human history of the area. From here you can see the glacial lake and mountains. Reserve a spot on one of the boats that leaves from the visitor center to travel to the glacier's edge. Wear warm clothes, including gloves. Take a look at our Anchorage vacation builder to schedule your visit to Portage Glacier and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Another designation on our trip (see review of Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center) which I really hoped would be a delight for all involved was the Cruise to Porter Glacier. It’s the only way to see ...  more »
  • It is a short ride or cruising trip to the Glacier and totally worth it. You have to buy the tickets first and then drive 5 minutes to the boat, no reservation required. Even though it was hot and sun...  more »
  • The drive out from Anchorage to Portage Lake takes just over an hour. The lake itself was somewhat bleak when we arrived, with small ice bergs floating near the shore and the water a grey-blue colour ...  more »
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  • Excellent view and quick. The Portage Glacier cruise included a presentation of what you are seeing while on the boat. The trip takes about an hour and half, and it is just perfect. I highly recommend this for people that do not have much time.
  • June 2018 Easy hike in a nearby trail for glacier view as well as affordable 1hr cruise. Nice view at ground level or above. It’s a good stop along the way.
  • Very beautiful lake. Also beautiful glacier. You can buy a ticket direct from the boat. Very friendly staff. The journey will teke around 2 hour.
  • What a view and experience boating to the glacier. The staff were incredible! Very knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced.
  • It’s receded from Portage Lake, but still magnificent to view. Look for floating icebergs in the summer months in Portage Lake.
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