The unincorporated town of Gustavus remains an undiscovered treasure for visitors, or a least it succeeds in making itself feel that way. Sandy beaches offer an inspiring contrast to snow covered peaks of the Fairweather Range to the West and Chilkat range to the East.
Glacier Bay and Gustavus are work in progress, the Bay that John Muir discovered in 1979 in a canoe, didn’t exist a century earlier. Eighteenth Century explorers had found instead a wall of ice a mile thick where the entrance to the branching 65 mile long bay opens to the sea. In 1914 settlers homesteaded this alluvial fan now known as Gustavus. Today there are approximately 450 year round residents who call it home.
Besides being the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus offers so much more. We have some of the world’s largest viewing of humpback whales just minutes from the dock. The intermittent viewing of the transiet Orca. There is world class fishing for five species of salmon and the giant pacific halibut. Gustavus and Glacier Bay also offer some of the best backcountry hiking, guided and unguided kayaking, and beach combing any where in the world. Not to be over looked is the Mt. Fairweather golf course that was recently featured in Golf Journal. Combine this vast scenery with sightings of eagles, bears, moose, seals, otters, and other wildlife, and it becomes a photographer’s paradise as well as yours and mine!
Gustavus has several lodges, inns and Bed and Breakfasts, to please all tastes and price ranges. To make your Alaska vacation the trip of a lifetime, we offer charter fishing boats, sail boat charters, Whale Watching charters, Glacier Bay Tours, guided and unguided kayak rentals, flight seeing tours, stores, shops and other amenities. Gustavus is accessible by Alaskan bush planes, the Auk-Nu Ferry and Alaskan Airlines.