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Glacier Bay National Park

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The Wonder

Massive tidewater glaciers journey down from snow-capped mountains to waters teeming with humpback whales.

The Adventures

Cruising Glacier Bay, hiking, camping, rafting, mountaineering, kayaking, rafting, fishing, backpacking, ranger programs

One for the Bucket List

Kayak and explore the inlets of Glacier Bay. Although just making the journey to the park might be enough for some, if you want to up it a notch from just taking a sightseeing cruise through the bay, sea kayaking is a winter-wonderful adventure. Aside from a panorama of frostitude, the waters of the bay are home to a large number of humpback whales, who feed here from May to September. So the possibility of seeing the ocean's grand tenants breaching among icebergs or surfacing nearly beneath you might leave you feeling nothing but awe for nature.

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Seasons and Hours

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is open all year, but its visitor centers remain open only from mid-May to early September. Local outfitters offer tours and cruises independently with varying schedules.

Getting There

The park is about 40 miles west of Juneau, AK, and can only be reached by boat or plane. The only road into the park is just a solitary stretch that runs from the airfield in Gustavus to the park's headquarters at Bartlett Cove -- and the park is otherwise completely roadless. Most visitors plan trips with local cruises and tours to reach the park, or take a ferry via the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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Average Temps (ºF) High/Low

January - 32/20
April - 48/32
July - 64/49
October - 48/36

Approximate Flight Time From...

(To Juneau, AK.)

Anchorage, AK - 2 hours
Seattle, WA - 2 1/2 hours
Los Angeles, CA - 6 1/2 hours
Honolulu, HI - 8 hours
New York City - 8 1/2 hours
Miami, FL - 9 hours

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America the beautiful. You got that right. From the skytops of the world's tallest trees to the underwater color-play of tropical reefs, the National Park Service (NPS) oversees hundreds of parks and areas to conserve many of our country's most precious natural wonders and living treasures.

Otherworldly landscapes. Thriving wildlife. Hidden, wicked-cool marvels of time and nature. Humbling, sweeping views that are not just breathtaking but truly breath-giving, so inspiring you might find them. Whether you're a mobile-mad workaholic, family trooper or just a mid-life meditator, we hope you have time to enjoy it all.

Affordable Adventure

Fewer than half of the national parks charge entrance fees, which usually range from $5 to $25 (often just per vehicle). Children 16 and under are always admitted for free. Daily fees for camping usually range between $10 and $20 per party.

The NPS offers annual America the Beautiful Passes that cover entrance fees at any national park.

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