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Portage Glacier

Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, AK
907 783 232
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Seward Highway Tour from Anchorage: Turnagain...
Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Girdwood
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Antiquing
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Owner description: A popular tourist attraction.
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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259 reviews 259 reviews
212 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I spent three nights, and four days climbing Carpanthian Peak; which is located a few miles back on Portage Glacier. We started our climb by canoeing across Portage Lake at four in the morning in June 2009. A very cold adventure itself; as the water temperature was extremely cold; with many small icebergs floating about in the water. With it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Just love this kind of fantasy like place, but it's real... I used to work here and absolutely loved going to work every day... even in the snow... what else? Great people, great scenery; even served a couple of well known movie stars while I was there... Very interesting and happy to have Portage on my resume. If you are... More

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Los Angeles
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Take the Gray Line Portage Glacier Cruise if you get a chance when you are in Alaska. It's about 50 miles south of Anchorage...just beyond Girdwood. It is one of South Central Alaska's most visited attractions. Use a Toursaver coupon to save half on the price.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Took the drive out and got to enjoy the beauty of the glacier, although it is a lot farther away than I expected. Took some great photos and just enjoyed the overall peace and quiet of the area.

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Mi Wuk Village
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Although Portage Glacier has receded from site at the Visitor's Center, the experience was totally worthwhile. We drove along the Seward HIghway and along Cook's Inlet as well as Turnagain bay (?). There are other glaciers to be seen above the adjacent campgrounds. The Begich, Boggs Visitor's Center is amazing with glass covered walkways designed to simulate ice tunnels. We... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Was a nice calming ride and experience to see the beautiful icy blue glacier. Seeing the waterfalls coming down the sides of the mountains on the way there was simply beautiful . We also enjoyed the Moose on the sides of the road. There was also a lovely shop out that way with lots of real Alaskan hand made souvenirs... More

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Franklin Square, New York
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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

it was foggy as we went further up. we eventually couldnt see so we turned around. we could not see Prince Edward Sound.

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Gosh...how much retreat in the last 2 decades......but still beautiful and worth the photo opt. On a bus so short stop but this was enough really.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Portage Glacier was a new on the water experience for us but it was informative and narrated by a Ranger. We took pictures of the glacier and enjoyed the ride. I think if they added hot chocolate etc. for purchase on a cool day it might add to the experience. The ride takes around an hour or so, and we... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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103 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I didn't find a page for Magic Bus, so I am reviewing them here as the driver showed us Portage Glacier on the way to Whittiar.. He was amazing.. took lots of pics for us..SHowed us a salmon spawing area near Portage Glacier. I wish all the cruises would use them, instead of the rude and horrible ( and more... More

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