This remote Alaskan town is 60 miles west of Juneau and is only accessible by plane or boat. The town is near the best outdoor features that Alaska has to offer: Great fishing, whales, mountains, glaciers and icebergs. When you are up here you are able to escape the busy life you had back home and take in the serene outdoors.
The town itself is very young due to the fact that the glacier that filled Glacier Bay only a few hundred years ago covered present-day Gustavus. Before the town was established, the Tlingit Indians used the area for fishing and gathering local berries. Before the town got its official name, it was called Strawberry Point, due to the wild strawberries that grew in the area. The town officially got its name in 1925 from the new post office.
Landmark and Attractions
The most popular attraction is Glacier Bay. Many cruise ships and tourists come to these parts just to see the huge carving glaciers. At times, ice the size of a house can carve off the glacier and crash into the water creating waves that will even rock the biggest cruise ships. When you look around you see 15,000-foot mountains capped with snow, and deep green forests line the coast.
The most recent landmark that was added to Gustavus is the new dock, which was completed in 2011. Gustavus also has an airport with a small terminal to bring in all of our summer visitors. There are plenty of hiking trails to experience the real Alaskan bush and see the wildlife that roams around. Here is a simple map to help get you around.
Come and See
We want you to come and experience our little town of Gustavus and see all the beauty it has to offer. Book your trip today and join us.