Glacier Bay National Park
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve contains some of the world's most impressive examples of tidewater glaciers. The bay has experienced at least four major advances and four major retreats of glaciers and serves as an outdoor laboratory for contemporary research. Mountains rise here up to 3 vertical miles right from tidewater. The dramatic variety of plant communities ranges from barren terrain just recovering from glacial retreat to lush temperate rain forest. Nowhere Is the story of plant succession more richly told than here at Glacier Bay.
The park and preserve harbors brown and black bears, mountain goats, moose, whales, seals, plus eagles and more than 200 other species of birds. Mount Fairweather is the highest peak in southeastern Alaska.
Together with Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and the Alsek-Tatshenshini Provincial Park in British Columbia, this 24-million-acre wilderness has been designated a World Heritage Site. It is the largest internationally protected area in the world.
Glacier Bay is accessible by commercial cruiseship, tour boat, or aircraft, or by scheduled air and boat service from Juneau and other southeastern Alaska communities.
3.2 million acres