Glacier Bay National Park

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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, [remaining description to be developed].

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Fast Facts

State(s): Alaska
Area: 3,223,384 acres (13,044.57 sq km) – 7th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mount Fairweather- 15,320 ft (4,669.54 m)
Lowest Elevation: Sea level
Date Established: December 2, 1990
Annual Visitors: 545,758 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Yakutat, Alaska

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Bartlett Cove Forest Trail (1 mi, Easy) – A gentle loop through the temperate rainforest near the park headquarters.
  2. Bartlett River Trail (4 mi, Easy to Moderate) – Leads to a river estuary with potential wildlife sightings.
  3. Tlingit Trail (1 mi, Easy) – An interpretive trail that explores the cultural heritage of the Tlingit people.
  4. Beach Trail (Variable, Easy) – Walk along the beaches of Bartlett Cove for serene views and marine wildlife spotting.
  5. West Glacier Trail (N/A, Strenuous) – For experienced hikers, offering views of glaciers from a distance.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Glacier Bay National Park.

  1. Cruising or kayaking among tidewater glaciers
  2. Whale-watching, especially humpbacks and orcas
  3. Joining Tlingit cultural presentations
  4. Fishing in both salt and freshwater areas
  5. Birdwatching, especially puffins and eagles

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Glacier Bay National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Glacier Bay National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Glacier Bay National Park

After hiking and exploring Glacier Bay National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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