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. 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 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 hopefully you will see both!
Portage Valley: Enjoy a meal at Portage Day Lodge and enjoy stunning hiking trails like the Trail of Blue Ice and Byron Glacier Trail. You can also rent a bicycle for a relaxing tour of the Valley. Other activities include taking the one-hour cruise on Portage Lake up to the face of Portage Glacier. We really recommend this cruise for the full effect, if you're up for it, time on the water is life altering! And you can discover the interesting geology and natural history of Portage Valley at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center.
Turnagain Art Gallery: Owned and operated by professional, competitive wood carvers, the gallery is full of stunning sculptures, unique jewelry, deeply moving paintings and photographic prints.
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.
Duration: 4.5 hours transportation - - plan for a six hour day.
Round-trip shuttle service with a tour of Turnagain Arm and entrance fee into the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Tour Times: 1 PM
Please know that our shuttle is on a schedule and we do not wait for ANY reason. The van will stop and will leave as soon as the last person is seated. We do not look for guest including confirmed seat passengers. If you are a confirmed seat passenger and want to reconfirm after missing a van please contact customer support or simply take the next van.
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.