With the Anchorage temple being the northernmost temple of the church, it makes sense that you can see things near Anchorage that you won't see near any other temple in the world. One of these unique attractions is the chance to see a glacier up close and personal. Just an hour or so outside of Anchorage, along one of the most scenic drives in the US, you find the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center. Here you can learn all about the nearby Portage Glacier, as well as Chugach National Forest, America's second largest national forest.
The visitor center provides informative exhibits and presentations, and a film "Voices from the Ice". Outside, you can walk somewhat closer to the glacier (although it has receded in recent years), or, if you have an extra couple of hours and about $35 per adult, you can take a cruise out on Portage Lake to get an up-close look at the stunning natural sight. If you are lucky, you'll be able to see huge icy chunks fall off the glacier. This process, called calving, is a powerful and awe-inspiring sight. Truly a unique experience only available a few places on earth.
* Tip: Be aware that the visitor center is only open from late May through mid-September. (generally open 9 am to 6 pm daily)
Last day of the 2015 season will be Sunday, September 13th.
Hours of operation during the summer will be 9am-6pm, 7 days a week.
Located on the Kenai Penninsula - 4 miles west of Whittier, about a 45 min. drive from the Temple:
- Head west on Legacy Dr
- Turn right onto Brayton Dr
- Turn left onto E Huffman Rd
- Turn left to merge onto AK-1 S
- Turn left onto Portage Glacier Rd