If you’re staying in Anchorage and reading about the glaciers that are so much a part of Alaska, then head to Portage Glacier, just a little more than an hour outside of the city. Portage Glacier is truly worth the drive. Once you’re here, you can watch for huge chunks of ice to break away and crash into the lake.
Sitting inside the Chugach National Forest, Portage Glacier is breathtaking to say the least. You approach it by boat, and you’re rewarded with a stellar view of the glacier. The visitor center features a number of programs on the historical and natural wonders of the valley. A film, Voices from the Ice, provides a spectacular view of many glaciers and wildlife. The visitor center also houses exhibits demonstrating how glaciers move and gives insight into the retreat of Portage Glacier.
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Portage Glacier is located in the Kenai Peninsula, just off Turnagain Arm, 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of downtown Anchorage. To get to the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, take the Seward Highway to Portage Valley Road. Take a right, then follow the road to the right and there will be a turn-off to the Portage Glacier Lodge on the left.
Keep following the road as it loops around. The first road off to the right after you pass the lodge is the road to boat dock. Lakefront parking is just up ahead and if you continue towards the visitor center, where parking is available.