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Portage Glacier

Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK
907 783 232
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Portage Glacier Cruise and Wildlife Explorer Tour
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Glaciers and Wildlife: Super Scenic Day Tour from Anchorage
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A popular tourist attraction.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“boat ride” (62 reviews)
“visitor center” (71 reviews)
“hour cruise” (14 reviews)
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Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK
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907 783 232
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"boat ride"
in 62 reviews
"visitor center"
in 71 reviews
"hour cruise"
in 14 reviews
"top deck"
in 10 reviews
"frozen lake"
in 13 reviews
"forest service"
in 11 reviews
"global warming"
in 10 reviews
"park ranger"
in 10 reviews
"blue ice"
in 20 reviews
"day trip"
in 28 reviews
"close view"
in 8 reviews
"salmon"
in 14 reviews
"beautiful drive"
in 9 reviews
"seward highway"
in 20 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 8 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 14 reviews
"short hike"
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Reviewed yesterday

If this is your only chance to see a glacier up close, take the boat trip. It's worth it. We consider this one of our favorite sights during a week's stay in Alaska. There's a naturalist on board to provide explanation regarding the lake and...More

Thank Calif0rniadreamers
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took the cruise out to the glacier. The glacier and surrounding area is beautiful. The cruise out is fun and they spend a long time at the glacier. The gift shop before the cruise where you can purchase tickets is cute and they have...More

Thank Melissa G
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Reviewed yesterday

As awesome as the views are, the first 0.75 miles is a steep incline, and I mean steep. Expect yourself to be winded and take several breaks before reaching the Elevation 800 sign. Anyone is who is not used to hiking will need breaks and...More

Thank Tina M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Though this trip takes you near only one glacier it is worth the time spent. Close to Girdwood so easy to reach.

Thank 530basuhome
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I think Portage Glacier has hands down the best view for the effort. The trail can be a bit crowded until Portage Pass, but after that it becomes way less crowded. It's a moderate hike all the way to Portage Glacier and the view is...More

Thank wonyoung
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband was excited to stop here, but it's changed drastically in the 40+ years since he lived here. Fun to see, but not as impressive as I expected.

Thank Cindy B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

From Anchorage we can go by car then a boat to come close to the glacier, beautiful glacier. I recommend this place to visit and we could do hiking around this area too. Beautiful scenery !!

Thank antadjpr
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't take a tour. We were just trying to do some short and not overly demanding hikes. We had hoped to do the full trail but we have gotten some bad information. So we didn't have the time to do the full trail. We...More

Thank Rick C
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amazing winter hike across a frozen lake to get to actual glacier. Very unique Alaskan experience. Bundle up and dress accordingly in layers. Don’t forget sunglasses or goggles to cut down on snow glare. The day we hiked any exposed skin would have been a...More

Thank YankeeDevils
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great little cruise to see Portage Glacier! A little off the beaten path, but worth it! We had only about 20 people on our tour, so lots of room and 360 views!

Thank Lener1
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krysten k
March 7, 2018|
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Response from ANA H | Reviewed this property |
I’d advise you to call them And ask? It’s not the sEason and I’d say they are not. But definitely not sure If they are it’s so worth it!
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449Trish449
July 23, 2017|
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Response from LSUTraveller | Reviewed this property |
I do not have the GPS coordinates, but you cannot miss it. Head out of Anchorage on Seward Hwy down Turnagain Arm. The turn is roughly 2/3 the way to Seward and is well marked. The road is the first turn past the road to... More
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detroitjerry
March 26, 2017|
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Response from Michael K | Reviewed this property |
That is a very hard question to answer. There are so many factors to consider, such as the weather. They are having a harsh winter this year. I would book in advance to be sure, but call the company for their read on it.
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