College Fjord, Alaska (Scenic Cruising)
Some of the best glacier viewing in the state can be seen tucked into the northwest corner of Prince William Sound at College Fjord. Winding down from mountains and through valleys and fjords, these massive rivers of ice are often on the move, periodically dropping their bounty into the sea.
The process known as "calving" is when the mammoth glaciers shed enormous chunks of ice, making a thundering noise as it crashes into the sea. In most cases, the cascading wall of ice is several hundred years old.
This fjord boasts the largest collection of tidewater glaciers in the world. There are 16 glaciers named after Ivy League colleges by the Harriman Expedition that discovered them in 1899.
For those who venture far enough north there's nothing like the sight of a 40-ton humpback whale breach. During the summer, more than 2,000 of these magnificent giants of the sea are known to feed in the waters off Alaska.