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Portage Glacier

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“visitor center”(79 reviews)
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Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK
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Reviewed 5 days ago

27 years ago was my first visit to Portage, at the end of the show in the visitors center the blinds would open and you could see the Glacier. Still love to take visitors there and hike.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a nice stop between Whittier and Anchorage. It was a beautiful day and the park rangers were most informative.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank knottypiner
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

So beautiful! So glad our tour guide, John, from Salmon Berry tours made the time to stop for a photo op.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dsunnybunz
Reviewed 17 December 2018

If you have limited time but want to see a glacier, you can drive past the entrance to this glacier to the tunnel that goes to Whittier. You pull over before the tunnel staging area and look back across the lake and can see some...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 16 December 2018

It glacier like many in this world is disappearing. We are a amazed of how fast it has melted in the 30n years.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed 24 November 2018

Come February or March, the lake is usually frozen over and you can walk right up to the glacier. It's pretty awesome. People bike up to it, ski or just walk up to it. This is one of my favorite winter spots.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank szatanek
Reviewed 28 October 2018

All the glaciers are beyond beautiful in Alaska. I took a train ride and saw 11 glaciers. The Portage was one of them.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank 706bonnier
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Did a 907 Tours Anchorage with Kris which included Portage Glacier. Kris took us to the boat for the tour. It is well done, the captain took us up to the glacier, commentary from crew and the Ranger onboard. It wasn't rushed at all, the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Clark S
Reviewed 16 October 2018

There are a bunch of glaciers to the south of Anchorage. This one was a little more than an hour. Very nice boat ride on a sunny day! If you're pressed for time, this might be the one to visit. If not, go further south...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John W
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

The toughest part of the trail is the beginning with a pretty steep elevation. The trail is well maintained but due to the small gravel type rocks traction is iffy. The payoff of the glacier and portage lake is so worth it though. Pack a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from 706bonnier | Reviewed this property |
I got to see about 14 glaciers on oneAlaskan Railroad ride. They offer different rides so can read on line to see which one would work best for you.
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8 March 2018|
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Response from ANA H | Reviewed this property |
I’d advise you to call them And ask? It’s not the sEason and I’d say they are not. But definitely not sure If they are it’s so worth it!
24 July 2017|
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Response from LSUTraveller | Reviewed this property |
I do not have the GPS coordinates, but you cannot miss it. Head out of Anchorage on Seward Hwy down Turnagain Arm. The turn is roughly 2/3 the way to Seward and is well marked. The road is the first turn past the road to... More