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Bartlett Cove

Address: Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, AK
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Near the tiny village of Gustavus, this is the part of the bay where you will find the park...
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Near the tiny village of Gustavus, this is the part of the bay where you will find the park headquarters.
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Southern AZ
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91 reviews 91 reviews
23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Kayaking is also available near the Glacier Bay Lodge. The hiking trails are great, plus one can go off the trails onto the rocks by the shore. We watched the whales all over blowing water into the air as they exhaled. Nature at its best.

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San Diego, California
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83 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Glacier Bay National Park Visitor Center is here in Gustavus. We walked on a trail through the rain forest that was at times elevated because it was so wet with ponds. Having never been to a true rain forest it was fascinating to see how wet and dark it was. The plants and mushrooms that grow in the rain forest... More 

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JedC
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Bartlett Cove is the site of Glacier Bay Lodge and the Visitor Center for Glacier Bay National Park. See my separate reviews of Glacier Bay and the Glacier Bay Lodge for more detail on visiting Bartlett Cove.

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Bellingham, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Enjoy the few miles of trail in rain forest, wander the dock, enjoy the views. You wouldn't come here specifically for Bartlett Cove, but exploring will add to your experience. There is a full skeleton of a whale named Snow between the dock and the lodge. Information at the site indicates she was killed by a cruse ship. This looks... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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187 reviews 187 reviews
45 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

There's a half-hour prepared forest walk starting close to the jetty. In August, the forest was magnificent, tall trees, lush damp undergrowth, curtains of lichens, quiet pools and more fungi than I have ever seen anywhere else, in a great profusion of varieties. It's best to go in a small group as there may be moose or bear about -... More 

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Cape Cod MA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Perhaps it is because this is was the first day, first outing and first good glimpse of the area after our arrival in Alaska but this place took my breath away and should not be missed. You should experience it by foot, by sea and by a learning experience. A full day of kayaking was arranged for us by our... More 

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Central Coast
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The forest trail is for the most part a boardwalk so is accessible in wet weather. Our group off a small ship took approx 2 hours to complete the loop trail walking at a leisurely pace. There are abundant photo opportunities from dripping mosses to fungi to pools boasting the most beautiful reflections. I went into the NP lodge building... More 

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Top Contributor
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53 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Walking trail was a mile or so long, lodge had food and a gift shop, and the walk clearly showed where the edge of the glacier had been 250+ years ago. Saw a porcupine up a tree, and it obliged us by coming down to the ground and then climbing up again.

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Swiftwater, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Bartlett Cove is the place to stop for necessities when visiting Glacier Park NP and Preserve. I was there after hours, but some services were still open.

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West Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2004

Saw alot of whales here and they put on a fantastic show for us. Not just one day but several. It was wonderful! This whole place.......Glacier Bay National Park is well worth visiting. Mother Nature at her best.

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