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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Stopped here while on a tour because the driver said there was a huge iceberg on the lake. I was amazed at the color of the ice. It was so blue!!! The visitor center is very nice with exhibits. I watched a movie also which lasted 20 minutes. Definately worth a visit. Make sure to stop and see the spawning salmon at the viewing area!!

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank Melissa P
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

It was very clean, excellent parking. The Visitor center was very nice and the staff could answer all your questions. I was a little disappointed that we couldn't see the Glacier from the Center without taking a hike.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank 5811ellie
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

Of everything we saw and did in 16 days in Alaska, this was one of the highlights. The small icebreaker took us right to the glacier where we got GREAT photos, It was absolutely beautiful with waterfalls along the route and spectacular scenery in every direction. I would recommend this over any other thing in the Anchorage area. The view was spectacular on the drive from Anchorage along the Turnagain Arm, where we saw a herd of Doll Sheep on a mountainside and a moose. Spectacular! If there were a space for Excellent-Plus, this site would definitely get that mark!!

Date of experience: June 2013
Thank travltnk
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Despite heading up in April, it was a wonderful excursion. We had the place virtually to ourselves as it wasn't yet tourist season. Had a friend come in town later and ended up going back to visit again. Was about 40-50 minute drive from Anchorage if I recall correctly. In early April the lake was completely frozen. The visitor center had a lovely gift shop and restaurant. Deftly worth stopping by the restaurant if only to view a variety of stuffed animals - including a wolverine - and some historic photos from nearly a century ago. The staff was lovely. You can eat at long tables and watch a video on the television of the area for free. It was perfect to be in the warm, cozy spot with friendly people and great hot chocolate. If you're headed through the tunnel, please be aware that it is a one lane tunnel and that you will need to pay attention to the schedule. They opened he tunnel to traffic every 20-30 minutes. Granted we only had 2-4 cars go thru in each direction each time. Whittier was beautiful but everything was closed. Need only about 30 minutes to see everything, go the bathroom, and get back in line for the tunnel. Very picturesque - bring your wide angle lens as you are surrounded by high mountain peaks that are very close (you almost feel like you are in the crater of a volcano). There were even some people out on the ice. A lot of people cautioned that it is often cloudy up here due to the microclimate and cold glacier. So we did have any expectations of a clear day which we ended up having!

In Whittier, we were delighted to see otters up in the water. Lots of boats and recreational craft - must be awesome in the summer but don't let this stop you from visiting during the winter!

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank SayCheese
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

This Lake had a glacier coming right down into the lake which
was awesome but it was a dangerous lake as they had winds
over 100 miles an hour some days

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank kenlimberg
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