Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
1 Park Road, Gustavus, AK, USA
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve Gustavus Reviews
Not easy to get to, but worth whatever it takes. Sep 12, 2009
Designated as a National Park in 1980 and World Heritage Site in 1992 this 5,130 square mile region is home to 10 tidewater glaciers and many more well up the steep mountains. Glacier Bay has developed over the last two hundred fifty year as glaciers have retreated leaving a 60 mile long bay. Around this region there are ten mountain peaks above the ten thousand foot level according to the rangers on the ship. The Johns Hopkins is one of very few glaciers in the world that is actually growing. The Margarie Glacier appears to be stable and the rest are thinning or receding. The majority of people who ever get to see these wonderful glaciers come on cruise ships although there are a few who come on special tour boats or small individually owned boats, who must get a permit first. There are also a few who visit by land. If you get the chance, this is one world sight that is well worth whatever it takes to get there!!
We took a second cruise to Glacier Bay in June 2016. All of the glaciers seem to be recedeing but they are still well worth going to see.
Part of the 2009 Cruise to and tour of Alaska travel blog
Part of the list State & National Parks & Monuments we have Visited.
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