The Best Views in the National Parks: Johns Hopkins Inlet

Glacier Bay National Park, AK
johns hopkins inlet

Photo by Jon Cornforth

Stranded icebergs become unlikely sunbathers on the banks of the Johns Hopkins Inlet when the tide rolls back. Photographer Jon Cornforth captured these at the inlet’s mouth during one of Alaska’s long summer dawns. Each tide rearranges the ice, making this view ever-changing. Load your kayak onto Glacier Bay Lodge’s daily tour boat ($105/adult, one way; reserve ahead) and ride 65 miles to the Ptarmigan drop-off. Disembark, glide among the icebergs, and find a shoreline campsite with your own private views of the scenery in motion. (Caution: Tidal exchanges are massive here.) Enjoy the soundtrack of cracking from two calving glaciers. TrailheadGlacier Bay Lodge. Season June to September Guide various; itineraries starting around $2,000 RentalGlacier Bay Sea Kayaks; $45-60/boat per day Permit free at Bartlett Cove