Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
What do you need to know about Glacier Bay National Park? How can you tour it?
If you like gorgeous scenery, kayaking, rafting, backpacking, hunting or fishing, touring Glacier Bay National Park is for you. You can only reach it by boat or plane, yet it is one of the most visited parks in Alaska. Hundreds of thousands of people choose to be flown in; while even more take cruise ships to the park. The tidewater glaciers are home to beautiful plant and animal life. Do not be surprised to see black bear, whales, seals, eagles and mountain goats.
Glacier Bay is located in Southeast Alaska. Flights leave Alaska's capitol, Juneau, to Gustavus year-round. Gustavus is the nearest city to Glacier Bay. It is there you will find lodging, food, and transportation to the park.
The park is open year-round, but the visitor's center is only open during the summer months. That is mainly due to the weather. Even in the summer, the temperature ranges from 45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Periods of rain are common in Southeast Alaska. Experts recommend taking hats, gloves, raingear, and waterproof footwear, along for the journey.
Glacier Bay is one of the most popular sites because of the dramatic scenery. In eye sight, you can see mountains, glaciers, clouds, and the ocean. Because of the frequent rain, visitors also get to see lush rainforests. The terrain changes dramatically with the changing weather;
during the winter, ice and snow cover much of the park, then during the summer, the rocks, plants and forests are revealed.
Reservations are certainly not needed to visit the park. But, if you would like more information, you can call park headquarters at 907-697-2230.