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Portage Glacier

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Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you have limited time but want to see a glacier, you can drive past the entrance to this glacier to the tunnel that goes to Whittier. You pull over before the tunnel staging area and look back across the lake and can see some...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank TWDIceman
Reviewed 2 days ago

It glacier like many in this world is disappearing. We are a amazed of how fast it has melted in the 30n years.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Robert B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Come February or March, the lake is usually frozen over and you can walk right up to the glacier. It's pretty awesome. People bike up to it, ski or just walk up to it. This is one of my favorite winter spots.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank szatanek
Reviewed October 28, 2018

All the glaciers are beyond beautiful in Alaska. I took a train ride and saw 11 glaciers. The Portage was one of them.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

Did a 907 Tours Anchorage with Kris which included Portage Glacier. Kris took us to the boat for the tour. It is well done, the captain took us up to the glacier, commentary from crew and the Ranger onboard. It wasn't rushed at all, the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Clark S
Reviewed October 15, 2018

There are a bunch of glaciers to the south of Anchorage. This one was a little more than an hour. Very nice boat ride on a sunny day! If you're pressed for time, this might be the one to visit. If not, go further south...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John W
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

The toughest part of the trail is the beginning with a pretty steep elevation. The trail is well maintained but due to the small gravel type rocks traction is iffy. The payoff of the glacier and portage lake is so worth it though. Pack a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank L0ve2Travel99
Reviewed October 6, 2018

This was absolutely wonderful. Great trip. Beautiful. overwhelming. SOmething from another planet. Unlike anyplace else in the world

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Na H
Reviewed October 4, 2018

We have stopped here several times over the years and have always enjoyed this stop. there is lots to learn about the glacier and the sights are beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

The Portage Glacier is a short drive from Anchorage, straight down the most scenic Seward Highway. The scenery from Anchorage down to the glacier is not to be missed with photo opportunities all throughout. Portage glacier is a great stop. There are lots of tours...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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November 10, 2018|
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Response from 706bonnier | Reviewed this property |
I got to see about 14 glaciers on oneAlaskan Railroad ride. They offer different rides so can read on line to see which one would work best for you.
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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!
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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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Glacier Questions on September Trip (3 Replies)
Hi, I am going to Alaska this coming September as part of a 11 day trip and have used your site to research alot of items and spent months working everything out. I am basically done to 1 decision that I wanted to see if anybody had opinions. As part of this trip will definitely see the Matanuska Glacier (via MICA guides). Will also get a chance to do the glacier walk around Portage Glacier to Bryon Glacier. So will definitely be seeing some glaciers and spending time on them. I am...More
March 30, 2011|
Response fromGaia M|
Hello! I will admit to being biased, but in an attempt to be completely objective, I can say that from both my own experience and what I have heard from many visitors, the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias really is one of the best, if not the best, place in the state to see a wide variety of dramatic glacial features all in a relatively easily accessible area. On a half day hike you see crevasses, blue pools, moulins, waterfalls, canyons, etc. It's pretty awesome ;) Lots of people say it...More
Where should we make our base? (10 Replies)
Hi we are flying into Anchorage in September and hiring a car. We will have 4 nights/5 days in Alaska and would prefer to stay at the same lodging rather have to pack up and move every day. We live in Australia and so are used to long drives. Based on what we would like to do/see (below) do you think it would be better to base ourselves in Anchorage or Seward? Anchorage... Native Heritage Centre & Trolley City Tour Wildlife Conservation Centre Portage Glacier cruise Matanuska...More
January 24, 2018|
Response fromMaple_Marshmallows|
Basing out of one city is not the best choice when in Alaska, but if that is what you want to do, base out of Anchorage or Girdwood. Definitely not Seward, you have only 1 day's activities there. A round trip drive from Seward to Matanuska is 10 hours.... I would also suggest switching Portage Glacier to an afternoon glacier cruise out of Whittier (26 Glaciers or Surprise Glacier or Blackstone Glacier). Portage is a VERY short tour (under 1 hr, with maybe half that time spent with the...More
marshalltown, iowa
Week-long vaca: need advice (1 Replies)
Hello everyone, I'm interested in an Alaskan vacation the summer of 2008. I've just been casually looking up general information so far, and trip advisor has been great. But now that I'm really to get some more concrete plans, I need ideas/advice. Normally on vacations, my family rents a house for a week, and we never go more than half a days drive away, but my friend's dad was an army doctor stationed on an Alaskan island around 10 years ago and he had some recommendations: he said to fly...More
July 28, 2006|
Response frominluvwithAK|
I think it would be inconvenient to keep going back to Anchorage. Plus, the hotel costs are jacked way up in the summer. It sounds good to think that you can go out on these 1/2 days, but not really. Yes, there are a few places near Anchorage, but then you have to keep backtracking to your hotel, when instead you can be moving on to a new place and adventure. . It sounds like you are coming for a week. If that is so, you can't do all of those activities, otherwise you will be in the car a...More