Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

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#5 of 68 in Nature in Alaska
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The more than 356,000 hectares (879,695 acres) of glaciers in its park, and the surrounding network of fjords, inlets, and islands, make Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve one of Alaska's most popular natural destinations. In addition to its geological wonders, the basin plays home to rich ecosystems and a wealth of marine and coastal creatures, including seabirds, grizzly bears, whales, and seals. You can visit the area either by ground or sea. Coming via a cruise ship, you'll find yourself surrounded with mountains, forests, and gigantic ice formations. Hop on a kayaking or rafting excursion for a closer look at the landscape that served as the sacred homeland of the Tlingit people and dazzled European explorers. Admire the bay's namesake collection of glaciers nestled in inlets and coves, including the famous Muir Glacier. To visit Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and other attractions in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, use our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve travel itinerary maker.
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  • Glacier Bay National Park is so perfectly beautiful and pristine. We heard the glacier caving which sounds like thunder and gave me chills at the power of nature!! Also a good site to see whales!! Ama...  more »
  • We were on a cruise boat and the view was beautiful. Weather was great. Well worth seeing and could have stayed longer looking at the view  more »
  • Gorgeous cruise through the pristine bay. Water and glaciers were stunning. Also lots of wildlife to see.  more »

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Where to stay in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Glacier Bay National Park maintains one serviced campground, but the wilderness camping options here are practically unlimited. If you prefer lodging, the park-run Glacier Bay Lodge offers rooms, a restaurant, and outstanding views of the surrounding wilderness. It sits 16 km (10 mi) up the road from the hamlet of Gustavus, which itself supports a wide selection of inns, lodges, and bed and breakfasts. Whether you choose to stay in the park or in Gustavus, reserve in advance for a summer visit as accommodations fill up fast.
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