"Ice and Eagles" Top 5 Page for this destination Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve by SteveOSF

Spectacular Scenery

Glacier Bay lies west of Juneau on Alaska’s Inside Passage. It was declared a national monument in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge. This dynamic environment was later dedicated as a National Park and Preserve. Glacier Bay is one of the most inaccessible national parks in the United States. Yet it offers spectacular scenery. I was fortunate to be on board a ship that cruised through the bay and observed fantastic views of glaciers and the snow covered shoreline.

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  • Pros:Spectacular scenery.
  • Cons:Relatively inaccessible.
  • In a nutshell:Grand, yet remote national park.
  • Last visit to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve: May 2008
  • Intro Updated Jul 5, 2008
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    Amazing that a mere two centuries ago the whole bay was covered with ice. I'm sure the Industrial Revolution is part of the cause (our ancestors burned masses of coal in the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries), even if natural causes also contributed.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    This is a stunning area of the World! You did better than me, I couldn't remember the names of all the Glaciers we saw.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2009 at 7:46 AM

    Glacier Bay is a fantastic place. A kayak helps get you closer to the glaciers and through the pack ice better, but you don't have such elaborate meals;-] Nice pages!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    spectacular pics from ALASKA! My favorite is the Bald Eagle on the ice --- excellent one! Norman :) --- sad that glaciers have retreated from Glacier Bay...

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    What an outstanding contribution to VT! The General tips are particularly interesting and helpful in understanding more about Global Warming and glaciers in general.

  • iaint's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    not many HPs make me want to go, but this does! well done

  • loisl's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2008 at 6:39 AM

    Great pics and tips. Alaska is one of my top want-to-see-states, cheers. Peter

  • risse73's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Mesmerizing! Quite sad that glaciers are rapidly disappearing due to global warming.

  • Lhenne1's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Your pictures are fantastic! 8 feet a day??? That's much faster than I ever would have guessed :) Looks like Alaska was a great trip.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Very interesting page on a beautiful location. Thanks for sharing!

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