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Worthington Glacier

Valdez, AK
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Ranked #2 of 7 attractions in Valdez
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking
Description: An accessible glacier with a hiking trail that offers spectacular views.
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Orlando, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It's a nice tourist stop along the Thompson Pass. You can walk up as close to the glacier as you'd like. Most glaciers you can't get this type of access unless you've flown by air to reach them.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We didn't realize what a nifty place it was. We thought we had just found a potty stop (vault toilets) on the way to Valdez with a good view. We hiked up to the glacier and were able to touch it. There are signs warning about the dangers of it. I always travel in Alaska in my Goretex hiking boots,... More

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We came here during the summer and at 12:00 pm midnight, but it was still light. There is a hiking trail, but it is steep and is, for some people, dangerous. But the glacier itself was beautiful, though. The only thing is is that it;s receded a lot.

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Westfield, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We walked all the way up to the edge of the glacier. It was a fair walk, but it was really worth it. The blue color was so beautiful!

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somewhere in
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I noticed three hiking possibilities from easy to difficult. You can also hire a guide and equipment to take you glacier traversing if you prefer something more adventurous and technical. Hike 1: Easy... The paved walkway is maintained by the city and ideal for young families. There are informational signs about the glacier and includes bathrooms at the welcome center.... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We hiked up to the glacier and loved it! It was a little eerie when you see the water running under the ice. Couldn't help but think a chunk could fall off! Absolutely a great experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Convenient stop on our way to Valdez. Enjoyed and easy hike to base of glscier. Suitable for families, our 8 and 5 yr olds had a blast hiking and skipping rocks along the way.

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Edm
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

They do have a lookout in place that is quiet nice, however, if you wish you can follow the untainted path to the actual glacier. Fairly easy walk of 10 minutes, but you do need to wear proper footwear, take your time and watch your step. It is very nice to be able to get up and actually touch a... More

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Greenville, SC
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is on the beautiful drive from Anchorage to Valdez and worth the stop to get out and freeze a bit. Part of the '98 gold rush trail was right there also. The waterfalls nearby were lovely also, photos going and coming. You never know what the weather will be.

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Miami
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I like it very nice but my kids loved it! For them this is the best hike. No fee! Easy to get to the ice! If you like adventure, stop here in your way in or out to Valdez!

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