So we ventured off of our cruise ship and immediately were able to talk with several tour operators about our trip. We were able to set up a tour for a fraction of the cost of cruise ship offered tours. Upon arrival we walked out to the bear observatory which was very interesting because you are on an elevated boardwalk basically and feel relatively secure if there are bears there. Then there is just a wooden gate that you walk through to travel down a path and you realize that you are no longer in Kansas anymore and you are only about 20 feet from where the bears could have just been....
There is a great little path that gives you some great photo opportunities and you see some great wildlife. Then you can make it to the guest center which offers the ability to travel to the glacier by foot. I strongly recommend this but only if you have good footwear and understand that it is not a short walk.
The views are breathtaking though when you get to the end of the trail and there is a really nice waterfall. This was possibly my favorite spot on the trip.
Bring rain gear and good shoes and you will be fine. All i recommend is catching a bus to the park, tours may be fun but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know which piece of ice is the glacier and the pure beauty of the area doesn't need a tour guide spoiling the view with a lot of talk. I highly recommend.
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