Alaska's Seward Highway "voted one of the most scenic byways in America" climbs over mountain passes where you're surrounded by jaw-dropping views of jagged peaks, rain forests, crystal lakes and an inlet that pours out into the Pacific Ocean with tides of 35 feet. This highway truly is a photographer's dream. Potter Marsh marks the end of city views and the beginning of wilderness, it is absolutely a "birder's, wildlife and beluga whale paradise" While driving along this road, we stop at many opportunities which include Beluga Point, Indian Valley Gold Mine, Turnagain Gallery, Girdwood/Alyeska, and Portage Valley with an opportunity to take in the Portage Glacier Cruise and on the way back stop and walk the board walk at Potter Marsh.
Customers can create itineraries utilizing our suggested packages located above. Many choose to use us up to three days in a row just to make sure they see it all. Be sure to plan enough time to get the full soul healing experience you deserve! The one thing activity you MUST do is plan to spend time on Turnagain Arm seeing Portage Valley and Girdwood/Alyeska.
For those who just do not have the time to get off and EXPLORER you will not want to miss our Turnagain Arm Tour because many customers describe Turnagain Arm as "A MUST SEE DESTINATION" they even go so far as to say if you missed Turnagain Arm "YOU MISSED ALASKA." Taking our Turnagain Arm Tour gives you the "BEST OF TURNAGAIN ARM." Those customers must take our 4.5 hour tour just to take it all in.
On our Turnagain Arm Tour you will see:
- 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.