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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. To visit Portage Glacier and get the most from your holiday in Anchorage, create itinerary details personal to you using our Anchorage holiday planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We didn't go to Anchorage, expecting to see a glacier. But, we couldn't pass up the opportunity for an hour-long boat ride on Lake Portage to see Portage Glacier, just an hour outside Anchorage. The p...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Visited 20 years ago...glacier was just outside the building. Now it's across the bay with just the fingers visible. Nice info inside. Needs more photographs of glacier with more glacier-ish interacti...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Myself and husband gave this ago after receiving a reccomendation from the staff at our hotel. The guides especially hunter were really friendly and knowledgeable about the glacier, areas history and ...  more »

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