While the location of many glaciers makes it difficult for visitors to, um, chill in their presence, there are several that are an easy drive away. (On some of Alaska’s warmer days—and they do happen—there’s no better way to cool off. This is not a state with much indoor air-conditioning.) The Matanuska Glacier is one of the easiest to reach. The 300-acre recreation site is best for learning all about the science of glaciers. (You can also just go to a pullout on the highway if your goal is a quick photo before continuing on.) To trek out onto the glacier itself, you need to head off the Glenn Highway at mile 102 and onto private land, where you’ll pay a $30 access fee. It’s worth it! Area guide companies offer the chance for newbies to take their first steps onto a glacier or, even better, to do some ice climbing.