Glacier Bay National Park

Glacier Bay National Park

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VISIT Glacier Bay National Park:

Park Details

Glacier Bay National Park was established on February 26, 1925, and has a total area of 3,223,383 acres (5,037 square miles, or 13,050 square kilometers).

Address 1 Park Road, Gustavus, AK, 99826
Phone907-697-2230
HoursOpen 24 hours a day
Entrance FeeFree
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When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Glacier Bay National Park is the 225th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Glacier Bay National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Glacier Bay National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Glacier Bay National Park are July, June, August & May.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits1731731953,642121,332132,054152,932145,002111,9224,319172171
Precipitation371333289199158106121238420483404454
Avg Temp252728344250535346372826
Max Temp353535445463646455453634
Avg Temp161819273440444539312119
Min Temp-10-4-3122733393731193-3
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Glacier Bay National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Glacier Bay National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Juneau to Glacier Bay Ferry Ride1,60011

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Glacier Bay National Park.

NameDistance
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park89 mi
Sitka National Historical Park118 mi
Kluane National Park Reserve153 mi
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park245 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Glacier Bay National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
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Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Glacier Bay National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
EaglecrestJuneau, AK2,600 ft50%90 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Glacier Bay National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Glacier Bay National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Ted Stevens Anchorage International AirportANCAnchorage, AK486 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Glacier Bay National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Gustavus AirportGSTGustavus, AK47 mi
Haines AirportHNSHaines, AK74 mi
Juneau International AirportJNUJuneau, AK88 mi
Sitka Rocky Gutierrez AirportSITSitka, AK117 mi
Yakutat AirportYAKYakutat, AK117 mi
Whitehorse / Erik Nielsen International AirportYXYWhitehorse, YT167 mi
Petersburg James A Johnson AirportPSGPetersburg, AK190 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.