Between two Spruce trees there is a portal to a new world
Explore. Dream. Adventure
Gustavus is situated in the ancestral homeland of the Huna Tlingit, for whom we have a deep respect.
The Tlingit have stewarded the land since time immemorial.
People come to Gustavus, for lots of reasons, but they all leave with the same thought – “That was an amazing experience.” I believe they have that experience for two reasons: Gustavus is Gustavus, and it is beautiful and tranquil, and offers a moment away from the crazy that has become our world. The second reason is because of the way people are treated. The Inns and Lodges and businesses go overboard to be kind, accommodating, inviting and to provide the best experience they can give.
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 In the News
This man travels 14 hours by boat to bring food to his neighbors in Alaska each week
Washington Post May 20, 2020
- Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
- The Nature Conservancy’s Forelands Preserve – part of 17 miles of wild, open beach lands
- Fishing – Salt and Freshwater
- Whale Watching – and Nature Tours
- Kayaking – Guided and Unguided Trips
- Hiking, Beachcombing and Biking
- Photography Tours
- Galleries and Artists’ Studios
Gustavus is just right for your Alaska vacation!
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, email us or write to the Gustavus Visitors Association, P.O. Box 167, Gustavus, AK 99826.