Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Scenic Cruising)
This spectacular national park and preserve displays massive glaciers that stretch 3.3 million acres from the St. Elias and Fairweather mountain ranges to the ends of the fjords. It is home to an amazing world of marine life, including humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals. It also possesses the highest concentration of tidewater glaciers on the planet. And access is extremely limited.
At the head of Glacier Bay is the Tarr Inlet, where scientists have found exposed rock that is believed to be more than 200 million years old. The Tarr Inlet is also home to the active Grand Pacific Glacier.
Johns Hopkins Inlet
The northeastern edge of the Fairweather Range is home to nine glaciers. Framed by rocky slopes that stretch for more than 6,000 feet, these wondrous bodies are eclipsed only by Mt. Fairweather itself, which, at more than 15,300 feet, is the highest point in southeast Alaska.
In the northeastern corner of Glacier Bay, the snow-covered Takhinsha Mountains feed the active Muir Glacier, which regularly sheds walls of ice into the bay. The brilliant blue glow of a calving glacier and the thunderous roar of ice crashing into the water are unforgettable.