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Bounded by the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska, the magnificent expanse of Glacier Bay National Park offers one of the last unspoiled destinations in the American Northwest. Over the past two hundred years, the colossal mountains of ice have retreated to reveal a land unsurpassed in natural wonder and rugged beauty. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1992, Glacier Bay National Park with its 3.2-million-acre wilderness ecosystem is a wonder to behold.

Spilling out of the mountains, sixteen gigantic tidewater glaciers fill the sea with icebergs of all imaginable shapes, sizes and shades of blue. Muir Inlet offers a stunning expedition through a channel that leads to the heart of the ice pack — the McBride Glacier. Here one can witness the spectacular scene of calving glaciers, where the ancient fragments break away with a thunderous crack and plummet into the bay in a shroud of deep-blue spray.

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is most easily seen by boat or plane where one can appreciate the vastness of its natural beauty. Whether viewed by wing or rudder, an amphibious landscape of ice-scoured fjords, green valleys, beaches, straits and islands awaits you.

The only road in the park runs 10 miles between Bartlett Cove and Gustavus Alaska. Though limited in development, this lack of road travel has been a benefit to animal populations in the Glacier Bay National Park and has served to protect the integrity of the surrounding wilderness.

Seven miles of trails wind along the beaches and through the rainforest of spruce and hemlock in the Bartlett Cove area. These old-growth forests nurture a flourishing habitat for soaring bald eagles to nest and bear and moose to roam.

Glacier Bay National Park Tours

  • Location: Glacier Bay National Park
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Highlights: Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers, two towering masses of ice and snow rising 245 feet above the waterline and stretching another 100 feet below the water.

Price: Adults $225.00, 12 & under $114.50

Trip Summary: Join us on The Baranof Wind Glacier Tour, an eight hour cruise aboard a 149 passenger high-speed catamaran. The tour itinerary covers the west arm of Glacier Bay National Park and highlights the natural history, wildlife, geography, and tidewater glaciers of the area. Spend the day on the waters of Glacier Bay and see magnificent tidewater glaciers, towering snow-capped mountains, spectacular wildlife, whales, sea lions, rare birds, black bear, brown bears, seals, eagles, and much more along mile after mile of pristine coastline. A knowledgeable Park Naturalist narrates the tour and answers your questions. This is a wonderful family trip! Lunch is included and served on board with additional snacks and beverages available from the concessionaire.

  • Location: Glacier Bay National Park
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Highlights: Glaciers and Wildlife

Price: $1,800 for boat and captain, up to 6 people

Trip Summary: You will enjoy all of the same beautiful things as you would on the Glacier Bay day cruise but in a more private setting on a 28ft boat with an itinerary catered to your interests.

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