The Knik glacier is in our backyard -- 2 hours from Anchorage, but we had only flown over it. On the advice of friends we spent the night at Knik Glacier Lodge and caught the tour the next morning. It is an awesome landscape and you get sense of the power of water and ice. We arranged with Tom, the owner, to be taken in on the morning tour and be picked up on the evening tour. That allows for a leisurely hike on the glacial morain and up the riverbed (we packed lunch and a bottle of wine!). The fact that we hit a sunny day at the height of the wildflower bloom helped some but it would still be worth doing in the rain. This is not a wilderness experience -- there is a lot of 4 wheeler activity on the river bed, but it still is an awesome place to visit, especially if you are visiting from Kansas!
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