Glacier BayAlaska 

3.3 Million Acres of Mountains, Glaciers, Fjords and More!

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska is home to snow covered mountain peaks, huge glaciers and humpback whales. Located in Alaska’s panhandle west of Juneau, it was declared a national monument by President Calvin Coolidge in 1925 and designated a national park in 1980.


The Tlingit people have occupied the area of Glacier Bay for countless centuries, living among the glaciers, and using all they could pull from the land and sea to survive. In 1794, Captain George Vancouver sailed the aera, sketching a map that showed a single giant glacier in the bay. In 1879, John Muir, with the help of Tlingit guides, explored the area by canoe, and his melodic writings on the bay changed the view of Alaska from cold starkness to mystical beauty. Muir came intrigued by glaciology, convinced a glacier had carved his beloved Yosemite, and determined that the glacier had significantly retreated from the size observed by Vancouver, some eighty years before. In 1916, a plant ecologist from Minnesota, William S Cooper, visited for the first of many times, to observe and learn about the plants in the area. He advocated for the preservation of the area, and in 1925, Glacier Bay was declared a national monument. It was redesignated as a national park in 1980.

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There is no fee to enter, although getting there (aircraft etc) may require fees.

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