People come to Gustavus, for a lot of reasons, but they all leave with the same thought – “That was an amazing experience.” Gustavus is beautiful and tranquil, offering a moment away from the craziness of the rest of the world. While visiting local businesses, expect kind, accommodating, and inviting hosts that give pride in sharing 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. Gustavus friendliness is like a step into the past. The community 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. A perfect habitat for seeking sightings of moose, bears, wolves and a multitude of birdlife.
Local coffeeshops, cafes and restaurants create tasty offerings with local produce and seafood. Independent travelers and families will not get swept up in crowds, lines and or impersonal treatment one may find in busier ports.