This tour offers wildlife encounters up close!
Board your Turnagain Arm Shuttle for the guided drive along spectacular Turnagain Arm. From beginning to end there are dramatic views of mountains and the scenery of Cook Inlet. At the 140-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center [AWCC], jaws drop in awe-even those of seasoned longtime Alaskans.
AWCC's mission is to provide refuge for orphaned, injured and ill animals,-those that can't survive in the wild. The center also educates visitors about Alaska's Wildlife. Your shuttle will take you directly to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where you can witness Alaskan Wildlife up close and we time this tour just in time for the bear feeding. On the way down to the Alaska Wildlife Center you will be traveling Alaska's most scenic highway known as Turnagain Arm.
What You Can Expect
Your journey to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center begins with a custom tour of Turnagain Arm, it's a treat you won't want to miss. On the way to the wildlife center you will be traveling down the Seward Highway voted one of the top scenic byway in America. This is Alaska's most scenic stretch of highway known as Turnagain Arm. Your adventure includes a Turnagain Arm Tour with highlights listed below.
Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, with possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales. Timing is everything if we are fortunate you will see both!
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.
Turnagain Art Gallery: Owned and operated by a master log cabin home builder Greg and Wife Wendy a local jewelry artists. The gallery is full of stunning sculptures, unique jewelry, deeply moving paintings and photographic prints. Their son Jordon Anderson is a professional and competitive chainsaw carver. He is often seen on the grounds producing life size wood carvings of local Alaskan animals.
Potter Marsh: With its nearly panoramic view of Turnagain arm, Potter Marsh, peppered with spruce, cottonwood 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. May and June are good times to see these large ungulates standing in the marsh foraging for new growth.
Price: $89.00 (Book early and save using promo codes found on this website)
Duration: 5.5 hours - All times are approximate.
Round-trip shuttle service with a tour of Turnagain Arm and entrance fee into the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Tour Times: 1 PM
Prior planning is best, please dress in layers, wind and precipitation are common in the mountains where the sea is close by. Remain well hydrated to ensure your comfort and maintain situational awareness of your time and surroundings for best safety.