Gustavus

People come to Gustavus for lots of reasons, but they all leave with the same thought — “That was an amazing experience.” Gustavus is beautiful and tranquil, and offers a moment away from the "crazy" that has become our world. People are treated as family in Gustuvas. The inns, lodges and businesses go above and beyond to be kind, accommodating and inviting, and to provide the best experience they can offer.
Gustavus is the gateway community to Glacier Bay National Park, and offers the ideal experience of a town steeped in a rich homesteader history, with wildlife sightings, world-class fishing, wildlife adventures, and moments of solitude and well-being. This friendly little town feels like a step into the past, and boasts many writers and artists, gardeners and wilderness adventurers. The climate is ideal for long walks and hikes, bike riding, kayaking, birdwatching and gardening.
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Getting Here

How To Get from Juneau to Gustavus

You should know that inclement weather can affect your travel plans while in Alaska, occasionally causing delays of up to twenty-four hours. For this reason, we advise that you don't schedule your flight arrival too closely to your TAZ Whale Wathing trip departure. Alaska Airlines serves both Juneau and Gustavus. The Alaska Marine Highway also provides regular scheduled ferry service between Juneau and Gustavus.

By Air

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Alaska Airlines (800-426-0333) and Delta (800-221-1212) offer several daily flights to/from Juneau, Alaska (connecting from Seattle). Each airline has many travel partners. Check the details of your frequent flyer travel program to determine your best option.

For flights continuing to Gustavus, keep in mind that only Alaska Airlines (800-426-0333) provides daily commercial jet service to/from Gustavus (connecting from Juneau). An alternate air travel option from Juneau to Gustavus (and for connecting flights anywhere within Alaska to your next great adventure) is Alaska Seaplanes. The breathtaking flight goes from Juneau Airport directly to Bartlett Cove (within walking distance of Glacier Bay Lodge in Glacier Bay National Park), and only takes about 35 minutes.

By Ferry

The Alaska Marine Highway System (800-642-0066) is a state-operated ferry. You can take the Alaska Ferry from Bellingham, Washington or Prince Rupert, British Columbia, all the way to Juneau, Anchorage or Skagway. The Alaska Ferry stops at several smaller Southeast Alaska communities, including Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Hoonah, Gustavus, Yakutat, Haines and Skagway. Each ferry operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System offers observation decks, food service, and vehicle decks.

For connections to Gustavus, there are twice-weekly sailings to/from Juneau. Please note that vehicle space is limited, and can sometimes be completely booked well in advance of departure dates. Plan accordingly.

Lodging

Gustavus has a variety of full-service inns for visitors. Many serve three meals each day to guests and sometimes, meals are available (by reservation only) to the public. Please check the individual listings and contact proprietors for more information. Many hosts will help plan your Gustavus visit, reserve tours and offer suggestions for activities.

A range of bed-and-breakfasts and guest houses are also available in Gustavus. Please contact the individual proprietors for information and bookings or for help in planning your time here. Visit the individual web pages for more details. In Glacier Bay National Park, the only accommodation is the Glacier Bay Lodge, operated by Aramark. Please view their web page for more information.

Annie Mae Lodge

Annie Mae Lodge

The Annie Mae Lodge offers an experience of a lifetime while carrying on the tradition of country hospitality in frontier Alaska. Let the Annie Mae Lodge help you enjoy your wilderness experience. We arrange all tours and airfare including tours in Glacier Bay.
Bear Track Inn

Bear Track Inn

Special! Stay four nights and see Humpback Whales up close and personal. Best of all the whale tour is FREE! reservations must be booked at the Bear Track Inn, and you must fly on Alaska Airlines to Gustavus. Call 1-888-697-2284 for the booking code. Experience luxury.
Blue Bucket B&B

Blue Bucket B&B

Blue Bucket B&B in Gustavus, Alaska. This house is a perfect get-away for small family and friends reunions, business/employee workshops, quilter, artist and writer groups! There are four queen size beds and 2 double beds. It also has plenty of room for two more.
Blue Heron B&B and Cabin Rentals

Blue Heron B&B and Cabin Rentals

Whether travelling for an action-packed adventure or a romantic getaway, your Alaskan hosts can help you plan the trip of a lifetime. The inn is located in the center of town on ten acres of wildflowers with majestic mountain views. Guests may choose between two plans.
Cottonwood Lodge & Cabin Rentals

Cottonwood Lodge & Cabin Rentals

The Cottonwood Lodge is one of the newest lodging facilities in Gustavus. Situated on ten wooded acres, we offer individual cabins in their own private setting. Each cabin has bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. Enhance your Alaskan experience by staying in one of our cabins.
Fairweather Adventures at Glacier Bay-Bed & Breakfast

Fairweather Adventures at Glacier Bay-Bed & Breakfast

There is a special magic here that will stimulate your senses and rekindle child-like wonder and a sense of awe. The magic is the embracing and pristine quality of life that characterizes this area. A quality that will invigorate you while you pursue your favorite activities.
Fairweather Cabins

Fairweather Cabins

Rich view and basic amenities at a reasonable price in Gustavus, Alaska – the Gateway to the Glacier Bay National Park. Located less than a mile from the Gustavus Beach on what was the Fairweather Golf Course from 1995 until 2016, we have three cabins.
Glacier Bay Cottage in Gustavus

Glacier Bay Cottage in Gustavus

Glacier Bay Cottage in Gustavus caters to the independent traveler. This small two-story house is conveniently located at the 4-Corners in the center of Gustavus, yet is very private and rural. Outside your window you’ll find a horse and a donkey in our pasture.
Glacier Bay Country Inn

Glacier Bay Country Inn

Glacier Bay Country Inn is located in quiet Gustavus Alaska, the Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park and home to some of the best Gustavus, Alaska fishing charters, wildlife, and scenery that you will find in all of Alaska. The lodge rests on 160 acres.
Glacier Meadow House

Glacier Meadow House

Glacier Meadow House is an Air B&B, spacious, secluded and quiet, this entire house with it’s three bedrooms is a perfect self catering get away retreat for the whole family or your group, located not more than 7 miles away from Glacier Bay National Park.
Majestic Expeditions Inc

Majestic Expeditions Inc

Majestic Expeditions is located in Gustavus – 40 miles west of Juneau and the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. We provide guests with a truly rewarding experience in Alaska’s frontier. Serene surroundings, beautiful accommodations.
Wild Alaska Inn at Glacier Bay

Wild Alaska Inn at Glacier Bay

Wild Alaska Inn It is the closest lodging option to the National Park but is also close enough to give guests the opportunity to discover the charm of the town of Gustavus. This full-service B&B is also minutes away from the historical Gustavus Plane Crash trail.
While In Gustavus

Plan for a lovely dinner with fine cuisine at the Annie Mae Lodge or Beartrack Inn (by advance reservation). Or take a drive out to Bartlett Cove and enjoy views of the sunset over the Fairweather Mountains, in the full service restaurant at the Glacier Bay Lodge. The Glacier Bay Lodge is also open for breakfast and lunch. Wild harvest opportunities exist on the beach, and are for all to enjoy. Pick wild strawberries, blueberries, and mushrooms, or cast a line in the river by the small boat harbor, Salmon River Park or the old Gustavus Pier. The abundance of Gustavus is part of the rich local heritage. Gardening is very popular in Gustavus.

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Biking & Hiking

Visitors can easily spend a day exploring the Nature Conservancy’s Forelands Preserve, the beach, the dock and the back roads of Gustavus. Imagine walking the beach at tide line for many miles, crossing low-tide rivers and following the curve of Icy Strait. Gustavus also has trails that lead to river banks, upstream fishing holes, Lake Gustavus and the wild beach at the end of the runway at the airport. Many local accommodations provide bikes. The flat and open terrain makes for pleasant biking.


Dining

For your dining pleasure, there are a variety of locations that provide good food and convenience. Plan for a lovely dinner with fine cuisine (by reservation) at some of the local Inns, including the Annie Mae Lodge and the Beartrack Inn. Dinner reservations can also be made by your lodging hosts at various inns, bed and breakfasts, and at the guesthouses for the Anglers Inn and Glacier Bay Country Inn. 


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Fishing Charters

Charter fishing boats await from the Gustavus dock, located in Icy Strait, known for its protected calm waters and abundant marine resources. Marine mammals in the area include humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions and sea otters, and expect to see a number of marine birds. Fish in the area include king and Coho salmon, herring, and large halibut. Book through your accomodation or with the operators, usually in advance.


Glacier Bay National Park

Your Glacier Bay National Park awaits!  A catamaran boat tour of Glacier Bay National Park, operated by Aramark, departs the Bartlett Cove Dock every day. The eight-hour trips depart at 7:30 a.m. and head into the West Arm of Glacier Bay. (This is the only day trip available during the summer months.) During the shoulder season, charters by the day are available with advance reservations.


Kayaking and Paddle Board

The rugged Alaska coast offers limitless opportunities for uncrowded, pristine kayaking and paddleboard adventure. You'll enjoy an amazing experience paddling in the astonishing blue-green waters of calm coves and bays, and among haunting icebergs adrift in mystical fjords. You'll observe the amazing wildlife and breathtaking wilderness of Southeast Alaska, home to eagles, black and brown bears, humpback whales, orcas, stellar sea lions, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals. Visitors can spend a day or several days paddling the waters of Icy Strait and Glacier Bay National Park.


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Photography

Alaska and photography... it's a perfect fusion of wilderness and wildlife — with outstanding photography, aerial photography, and photo-video opportunities. Wildlife photographers can expect to observe Alaska Brown Bears, Stellar Sea Lions, Humpback Whales, and Bald Eagles. Landscape photographers will enjoy numerous wilderness hikes. There simply is no better way to share the joy of the mesmerizing Alaskan wilderness..


Services

Gustavus has a clinic, several churches, library, a grocery store, gas station, trade members including realtors, electricians and our local utilities including our new electric company Alaska Power & Telephone.  Taxi services are a phone call away.


Shopping

Gustavus boasts a handful of gift shops. For a unique selection of art visit the Fireweed Art Gallery at Four Corners (with an organic coffee and tea shop, also serving sweet and savory crepes).  The Alaska Geographic bookstore at the National Park in Bartlett Cove carries local authors and natural history books.

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Whale-Watching Tours

We offer two tour departures each day. Our morning tour departs the Gustavus dock at 8:30 am, and returns at noon. Our afternoon tour departs at 12:30 pm, and returns to the Gustavus dock at 4:00 pm. This schedule lets you take an afternoon tour, with plenty of time to catch the evening Alaska Airlines flight to Juneau.

Our Daily Schedule

Join us for a morning or afternoon excursion into Icy Strait and Point Adolphus (near Glacier Bay). Our trips offer you a great opportunity to see humpback whales, orcas (killer whales), Alaskan brown bears, stellar sea lions, sea otters, dall porpoises, harbor porpoises, bald eagles, puffins, and a variety of other shore birds.

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