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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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  • when I first moved to Anchorage (1/73) the Glacier came WAY out into the lake and in the Summer there were always icebergs floating in the lake the Glacier has now receeded and there haven't been any ...  more »
  • this is one of the most amazing views that you can reach without reaching deep into your wallet. this is definitely a must experience for anyone travelling to alaska  more »
  • I was hoping to get closer to the glacier but the viewing was nice and the staff was friendly. There are other glaciers you can go right up to; not this one.  more »

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