Glacier Bay Lodge is nestled among Sitka Spruce on the shores of Bartlett Cove at the border to Glacier Bay National Park. The main lobby is spacious and inviting with giant wood beams and cathedral ceilings. Relax in front of the fireplace in the view lounge area, visit the National Park Service's excellent interpretive displays or enjoy walks on nearby trails throughout the rain forest. The restaurant - with outside decks - serves fresh, creatively prepared meals with an emphasis on local seafood favorites such as Dungeness crab, salmon and halibut. Guest rooms are separate from the main lodge and are accessed by boardwalks. Each room features a private bath and/or shower. Activities: National Park Service Rangers lead daily walks directly from the lodge on the Forest Loop Trail. For a longer outing, a 4-mile trail leads you from the lodge to Bartlett River and back. On the way, view an estuary where wildlife and migrating birds are frequently observed.
Juneau (Skagway, Haines) - Gustavus / Glacier Bay National Park
Begin your Glacier Bay package with a scenic flight from Juneau, Skagway or Haines to Gustavus. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Glacier Bay Lodge where you can check into your room. In the afternoon you have the option to attend a 3 1/2 hr whale watching and wildlife cruise that takes you into the heart of the humpback whales' summer feeding ground. Return to the lodge at 4 pm. Spend the remaining day to stroll the beach at Bartlett Cove or explore the rainforest trails that surround the lodge. After dinner, take in a National Park Service presentation to prepare for tomorrows cruise up-bay aboard the catamaran. Overnight: Glacier Bay
Gustavus - Juneau (Skagway, Haines) / Glacier Bay Day Cruise
Morning departure at 7:30 AM for the scenic high-speed catamaran cruise into Glacier Bay. Watch glaciers with giant towers of ice 'calve' into the water. Throughout the cruise, watch for the Park's resident wildlife: humpback, orca and minke whales; harbor seals and sea lions: bears, mountain goats and moose; and more than 200 species of birds. The "Baranof Wind", a spacious, comfortable catamaran, was designed for maximum viewing enjoyment with open top-deck viewing, interior seating and large picture windows. Throughout the cruise, a National Park Service Ranger explains wildlife behavior as well as the geologic features and cultural history of the Park. Lunch is included and served on board with complimentary hot cocoa, tea and coffee. After the cruise, return to Bartlett Cove. Return flight to your departure city or stay another night at the lodge. Optional: You can start your tour in Skagway or Haines and end your tour in Juneau.
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