Gustavus, the Gateway Community to Glacier Bay National Park, offers the ideal visitor experience of a town steeped in a rich homesteader history, with wildlife sightings, worldclass fishing, and wildlife adventures along with 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.

As a temperate rainforest with half the rainfall of Juneau, the climate is ideal for long walks and hikes, bike riding, kayaking, birdwatching and gardening. This is a perfect habitat for seeking sightings of moose, bears, wolves and a multitude of birdlife.

Local coffeeshops, cafes and restaurants provide many taste treats, often using local produce and seafood. Gustavus is not a bustling place where the independent traveler and families get swept up in crowds, lines and hardsell impersonal treatment.

Lodging options cater to personal tastes and range from full service lodges, quality B&B’s, guesthouses and rustic cabins and a campground.  Prices range from low, mid-range to high for various travelers choice and preferences.

Alaska’s Gateway to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Take a look at our galleries to see what life is like in our town.

Gustavus is ideally situated on Icy Strait, in northern southeast Alaska, a short flight from Juneau via jet or air taxi. Home to 450 people, Gustavus is surrounded by Glacier Bay National Park and is adjacent to the Tongass National Forest, with 360-degree views of snow-capped mountains. In summer, wildflowers bloom in the fields and rain-kissed vegetables grow in local gardens. The Salmon River meanders through town, where occasional visitors include moose, eagles and maybe a bear or two.

Then explore this site to find everything you need to plan your trip. For more information, contact individual businesses or call or write the Gustavus Visitors Association, P.O. Box 167, Gustavus, AK 99826. Our number is 907-500-5143.

Whether you want time for adventure and challenge, a time to take in the solitude for well-being, or smalltown family bonding through wholesome activities in a wilderness setting, Gustavus is the ideal place.
 
Come for the adventure and enjoy the Gustavus experience — a Glacier Bay cruisewhalewatching in Icy Strait, kayaking, hiking, biking, picnicing, fishing and birdwatching. We promise you will leave this area with memories for a lifetime.  Gustavus is just right!