Other Things To Do

The tours below are suggestions for you to enjoy should you decide to get off the Turnagain Arm Shuttle. The prices listed are up to date and are subject to change without notice. Please check with each vendor to ensure accurate pricing.

Please make certain you have planned ahead and have a return shuttle pre-booked.

The Portage Glacier is a glacier that was first recorded in 1898 and is situated between the Prince William Sound and the Turnagain Arm. The glacier spans a total distance of 14-miles wide.

 

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The Alyeska Aerial Tram is a three-to-seven minute scenic ride from The Hotel Alyeska to 2,300 ft in elevation and the top of Mt. Alyeska. From the Tram, you can see for miles in all directions – including views of the Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers, and endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range. Don’t forget to look down! In the summer months, moose and bear sightings are common on our aerial tram rides, too. Many enjoy a hike up the mountain and take the tram down for FREE.

At the Upper Tram Terminal, there is an observation deck providing even more breath-taking panoramic views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, towering spruce, and an array of wildlife. The observation deck is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxed lunch or beautiful evening sunset. Telescopes are also available along the deck. In the summer months, you can also enjoy exploring, berry picking and even hiking on a glacier.

 

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Begich, Boggs Visitor Center is built upon the terminal moraine left behind by Portage Glacier in 1914. The Visitor Center offers an unique opportunity to learn about the Chugach National Forest, America's second largest single national forest. Award-winning exhibits, educational presentations, the film "Retreat and Renewal: Stories from Alaska's Chugach National Forest," and interpretive services are available to serve the public.

 

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With a close-up view of and access to a glacier, the 1.4 mile Byron Glacier Trail provides a walk that is suitable for all ages. The trail features stones that children and adults can use for creative activities.

 

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Hike far above treeline in the high-alpine tundra of Alaska's Chugach Mountains. The Alyeska Glacier is nestled in Glacier Bowl of the Alyeska Ski Resort, located in beautiful Girdwood Alaska. Overlooking breathtaking views of the Turnagain Arm and towering alpine peaks, hikers are consistently awed by traveling up and onto this small snow-covered glacier.

 

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With the trailhead off just 40 minutes from Anchorage off Konikson Road, this is an excellent way to access some of Alaska's best backcountry and wildlife.

 

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Turnagain Arm gets its name from when Captain Cook sailed up his eponymous Inlet looking for the Northwest Passage. When he turned into the Arm he realized he was mistaken and had to “Turn Again”.

 

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Relax and enjoy the view as you ride on the sled around the glacier enjoying the scenic peaks and valleys surrounding you. This is a trip you will NEVER forget, and most visitors say it was the highlight of their Alaskan vacation!!

 

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Soar over the panoramic Alaskan scenery spotting wildlife as you glide by picturesque mountain peaks into the TwentyMile river valley to the heart of glacier country.

 

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Nestled in a lush valley surrounded by mountain peaks, hanging glaciers and spectacular ocean views, The Hotel Alyeska offers our guests luxurious accommodations and convenient access to the magnificent Alaskan wilderness.

 

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Portage Valley is a 14 mile isthmus that connects the Kenai Peninsula to mainland Alaska. Portage Glacier once extended the entire length of the valley. The glacial remnants that can be seen today are Explorer, Middle, Byron, Burns, and Shakespeare glaciers. While still massive in size, these glaciers stand as reminders of the immense ice sheets that once covered this landscape.

 

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This is a good place to have a quick lunch or snack following your visit to the visitor center, portage Lake or one of the many hiking trails in the area. The small cafeteria has a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

 

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Bike the Trail of Blue Ice which offers many spectacular views of glaciers, wildlife, salmon, scenery, and of course wildflowers! The five-mile long trail (one way) is an easily accessible, flat and wide gravel path with boardwalks and bridges. This trail is ideal for hiking or biking, along the way are views of Byron, Middle, and Explorer glaciers. The trail also winds by the Williwaw Fish Viewing Platform, offering a chance to see spawning salmon. In addition, there is potential to see moose or black bear on or near the trail.

Phone (907) 277-BIKE(2453)

 

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Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to 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.

 

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