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Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska

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Glacier Bay National Park is one of the world's most magnificent environmental preserves. It is one of the largest internationally protected Biosphere Reserves in the world, and is recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. Since 1794, the Grand Pacific Glacier has receded 65 miles to reveal a tranquil world of deep fjords lined by rock walls and fed by fifteen other receding tidewater glaciers.

The flora of the bay ranges from mature spruce forests to delicate plant life, while brown and black bear, moose, mountain goats, sea otters, whales, seals, and a colorful array of birds inhabit this land. Most, if not all of them can be seen on a day cruise through Glacier Bay. The most spectacular part of the tour is when the boat comes face to face with the massive wall of the Grand Pacific Glacier.

The nearest town to the otherwise inaccessible park is Gustavus. Ferries don't go to Gustavus, so the best and cheapest way to get there is with Alaska Airlines who fly in each afternoon in summer from Juneau, the state capital. The flights are met by a bus which takes you ten miles to Bartlett Cove, site of the park headquarters and the dock for the all-day cruise on the Spirit of Adventure - the principal way of enjoying the park's wonders short of paddling. Here lies the park's only hotel, Glacier Bay Lodge.

Glacier Bay National Park offer visitors a fantastic selection of exciting adventures. Ocean kayaking, sport-fishing, whale watching and hiking are just a few of the numerous options available. You can also take one of many sightseeing tours by boat or airplane.

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