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Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Glacier

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Address: Mile 5.5 Portage Glacier Road, Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone Number: +1 907 783 2326; +1 907 783 3242
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Very informative center. Has a US Park ranger on staff who is very knowledgeable and also guides the glacier lake cruise. They have a decent video about Alaska, though a bit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

Very informative center. Has a US Park ranger on staff who is very knowledgeable and also guides the glacier lake cruise. They have a decent video about Alaska, though a bit slanted towards the evil of global warming. There is also an interactive display of the local wildlife and native Alaskans. Well worth the $5 fee.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

This visitors center has so much to offer. It does have a fee to see part of the exhibits but it is worth it. We saw several movies. We were not able to do any of the hikes or boat trips they offered because of the weather. Great place to stop!

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I have no idea who the lady was at the information desk, who helped me. It probably took her less than a minute. But she was cheerful and carefully gave me the information I needed to hike up to Byron Glacier, quickly transforming me from a confused meandering tourist to a determined and confident hiker.

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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Very nice place with friendly, helpful staff. There are a number of informative exhibits in the building, although it is not large, to help educate the public about the Portage Glacier. There is also a small gift shop.

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Tacoma, Washington, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We we driving this way to see the portage glacier, and found the visitor center. It was very informative. On a decent day you can see 4 or 5 small glaciers up on the hill...unfortunately the portage glacier has retreated around the corner. Worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The staff at the center were very informative about the glacier and the surrounding area. There is a short movie at the center that explained the glacier and it's properties. There is also a great view of the glacier from the center.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

The center contains information about the portage and the surrending glaciers. It is a small but very helpful visitor center. Portage glacier lake next to the center is crystal clear and little "ice bergs" can be seen floating at anytime of day. From the center you can access the "blue ice trail" which is a flat 10 miles round trip... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This visitor center is small but worth a quick stop. You get great views of a lake and glacier. Their exhibits are interesting and informative. The staff are willing to answer questions about the area. There are some hiking trails and you cal even get to a salmon viewing platform.

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Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Inside the visitor center you learn a lot about glaciers. There a lot of interesting exhibits, a movie, ... Staff is friendly. No view on the Portage Glacier itself as it has retreated to much.

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Arlington Heights
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This venue is worth the stop. There is a great movie in the Visitor's Center. When the film is over, the curtains open to a gorgeous view of the retreating glacier and its lake.

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