- 4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Take a shuttle along the glacier-carved shores of the Turnagain Arm, scoping out craggy cliffs for Dall sheep and scanning the water for surfacing beluga whales. On this guided excursion, take a scenic drive outside of Anchorage and spend some time visiting orphaned animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Get picked up from the Anchorage Visitors Center, where you can hop in a comfortable shuttle and let your guide plot a course to to the south. Pass through Chugach State Park, along waterfront roads that offer sweeping views of the Turnagain Arm. Look for beluga whales coming in from Cook Inlet, try and spot eagles nesting in evergreen treetops, and spot Dall sheep framed against the black backdrop of steep mountainsides. Your tour includes stops at Beluga Point, Portage Valley, Potter Marsh and a brief walk in the rainforest guest have told us they felt like they were “walking into another world” “enchanting” “spiritual” so you won’t want to miss this experience.
- Professional guide
- Entry/Admission - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- All pick ups are at the Anchorage Visitors Center - Hotel pick ups are not included.
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska
View Alaska's most famous animals up close in a natural setting. During this visit, you'll get great pictures of real live bears, moose, musk-ox, caribou, bison, and more! The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education and quality animal care. AWCC has provided care for hundreds of displaced animals because visitors like you have made critical contributions in the form of admission fees, donations, memberships, and gift shop purchases.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Chugach State Park, Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska
Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, with possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales. Timing is everything hopefully you will see both!
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Portage Glacier, Girdwood, Anchorage, Alaska
Portage Valley: You will see Explorer Glacier, Middle Glacier, Byron Glacier and Take a Walk through a Rainforest. Next grab a snack or meal to enjoy on your ride back to Anchorage at Portage Day Lodge.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary, Anchorage, Alaska
Potter Marsh:With its nearly panoramic view of Turnagain arm, Potter Marsh, peppered by spruce, cottonwoods and alder trees, is one of the most accessible and scenic wildlife viewing areas in Anchorage. About halfway along the boardwalk, Rabbit Creek flows underneath and provides a good spot to see spawning chinook, Coho, or humpback salmon from May to August, depending on the species. Moose also frequent the marsh year round.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Alaska Wild Berry Products, Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska Wildberry Products: See the World’s Largest Chocolate Water Fall! The store hires locals to pick “Alaskan Berries” to make into the wonderful delights. You can also watch the workers make these delights through the glass wall. At the chocolate display case there is a tray of sample chocolates and if you did not sample the item you wanted to try just ask they want to satisfy.
Duration: 15 minutes
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Not recommended for Infants or Passengers who cannot walk for 40 minutes on their own.
- Near public transportation
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
My wife and I took this tour with Ben and had a great afternoon. The first part was spent seeking out eagles, moose etc and exploring Turnagain Arm. We were very lucky with what we found. Then spent some time in the glacier parks and finished formal part of the tour at the AWCC which was excellent and allowed us plenty of time to walk through and spend time with the animals. Ben was a great guide, full of information and very helpful. Feed him and who knows what might happen! Recommend this trip highly.
Ben was awesome!! He went above and beyond my expectations. Not only did he take us on the expected tour but allowed us to decide if we wanted to do more activities along the way. Highly recommend this tour, Ben is definitely the guy you’d like to tour with!
This is a great tour! Ben is very knowledgeable and takes good care of his clients. Be sure to add on the glacier cruise, it is phenomenal. Take a coat, the wind is cold on the top deck of the boat.
Although the trip down the turnagain arm was quite scenic, there was no wildlife to see and considering the road traveled was heavily used it is doubtful that you would see much in the way of wildlife. The self guided hike to Bryson glacier was enjoyable, but there was little else. There was a stop at a wildlife rescue center that was dusty and crowded but we did see bear, kind of a zoo setting. The guide/driver was pleasant but offered very little in the way of narration or information. The van was new and clean and had great viewing windows for the scenery. Not a bad experience but not what i would book if you were wanting primarily a wildlife experience.