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Gustavus, Alaska

Gustavus is a picturesque community located 48 miles west of Juneau. Spread across a large plain created by receding glaciers, Gustavus is an oasis of humanity surrounded by Glacier Bay National Park.

Sandy beaches offer an inspiring contrast to the snow covered peaks of the Fairweather Range to the west and the Chilkat Range to the east. The Tlingit people used to forage and fish the rivers to acquire food and because wild strawberries grow profusely, the area was once called Strawberry Point. In 1914, the first family of settlers arrived and today there are approximately 450 year-round residents who call Gustavus home. Gustavus is the starting point for independent travellers to Glacier Bay and Icy Strait. Visitors arrive by plane or boat, as there are no outside roads connected to the area. Charter boats, kayak rentals, aeroplane tours, cafés, galleries and gift shops provide a wide range of recreation options.

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    • Bear Track Inn, Inns of Gustavus

      Bear Track Inn

      Medium

      Located close to the entry point to Glacier Bay National Park, the Bear Track Inn offers warm, Alaskan hospitality and comfortable rooms as well as easy access to the mountainous wilderness of the region.

    • Glacier Bay Lodge, Gustavus

      Glacier Bay Lodge

      Simple

      The only lodge in Glacier Bay National Park, this inn is run by the National Park Service and offers simple rooms, a wide variety of ranger-led activities and a regular series of interpretive presentations.