The area is known simply as “Glacier View”. It is indeed one of my favorite places in Alaska for all four seasons. It’s Located north, northwest of Anchorage, and it runs from Mile 89 to Mile 119 on the Glenn Highway. At only 2 hours from Anchorage, I enjoy the area mainly because of my love of mountains. I can sit and stare at our Alaska mountains all day long. I guess someone might call it my “happy place”.in Alaska.
Glacier View is named because of its grand view of the Matanuska Glacier as well as a number of others that cling to the Chugach Mountains. The Glenn highway in this area sits at the convergence of the Talkeetna Mountains to the west and the Chugach Mountains to the east. If you like mountains, snow, water, tundra, and wildflowers, this is your place. Moose are abundant here as well. The highway has a very good number of pullouts where you can create some very nice landscapes with all the ingredients mentioned above and have stunning, knife-edge mountains as a background.
The very best view of Matanuska Glacier, which also includes a State campground is located at Mile 101. And within walking distance is also Long Rifle Lodge which offers tasty meals. There are a number of other lodges in the area as well. My favorite is Sheep Mountain Lodge (www.sheepmountain.com), which is also offering affordable helicopter tours. Read more about the area here: https://www.alaska.org/detail/matanuska-glacier-scenic-turnout
One can pay a fee to cross private land and get front-row access to Matanuska Glacier by making a 5-mile, gravel road drive to within a half-mile. You can trek from there and be standing on the glacier within minutes. (https://glacier-tours.com/)
I enjoy this area in all four seasons. There is none better than the other, only different. So it all depends on your desires.
That said, because of very little light pollution, winter is a wonderful time to be here if you enjoy making night-sky and aurora photography.
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