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Bartlett Cove

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, AK
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Type: National Parks
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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JedC
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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184 reviews 184 reviews
45 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
53 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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