Anchorage, Alaska

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clock-o6 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

See the Portage Glacier on a 6-hour small-group tour from Anchorage. Follow the scenic Seward Parkway through the breathtaking landscape of the Turnagain Arm waterway, stopping at Beluga Point, Bird Point and the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge to look for wildlife. Take a cruise on Portage Lake to observe the Portage Glacier up close, then check out wild animals that are being rehabilitated at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Stop for light snacks in the town of Girdwood near Mt Alyeska and take in the Chugach Mountains before returning to Anchorage.
  • Full-day tour of Portage Glacier and Turnagain Arm
  • Take a boat cruise to Portage Glacier
  • Get photo ops of Turnagain Arm from Beluga Point, Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, and the Chugach Mountains
  • Observe the animals at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Learn about Alaska's history and wildlife from the informative guide

After morning pickup at your Anchorage hotel, soak in the scenery as you head towards the Portage Glacier.

Along the way, stop at the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Beluga Point and Bird Point for photo ops of the Turnagain Arm, a narrow waterway that is part of the Cook Inlet and Gulf of Alaska. Keep an eye out for native wildlife such as caribou, moose and eagles that live in the Chugach National Forest.

Continue to the US Forest Service visitor center near Portage Glacier. The glacier is no longer visible from the visitor center due to its retreat, however your cruise across Portage Lake takes you within 300 yards (100 meters) of the glacier, where you can snap photos and watch for chunks of ice crashing into the water.

Once you have seen the glacier, drive to the nearby Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a large nature reserve situated at the entrance to Portage Valley. The center rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals, including some of Alaska's largest land animals such as elk, moose, deer, caribou, bison, bears, musk ox and birds of prey. Learn about these amazing creatures. In the afternoon, wind up the road into the Chugach Mountains for panoramic views of the Turnagain Arm and beyond.

At the end of your 6-hour tour, your guide returns you to your hotel in Anchorage.

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, Oct 2017

A wonderful tour by Planet Earth Adventures! We started with a tour of Portage Glacier, which was a wonderful way to start our Alaskan vacation. We even saw caving ice! We stopped by a salmon run and saw dozens of them. Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge was wonderful and the animals most of them had plenty of room to wander. We had some time left at the end of the tour, so our guide took us to a mountain top overlooking the city. We highly recommend this tour!

B
, Sep 2017

Highly enjoyable tour that covered all of the things I was hoping to see during the trip. I would recommend this to anyone looking to get out of the city for a day.

A
, Aug 2017

So much fun! Will and Lisa were very professional and made the day fun and exciting. They made sure to clearly instruct us before starting and they both connected with everyone personally and individually throughout the zip line experience. We were very fortunate to have beautiful weather and had a blast! Thank you!

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, Jun 2017

This was an amazing tour and a great way to see a glimpse of what the Anchorage area has to offer. Albert was an awesome tour guide who shared lots of great stories and information along the way. A great experience in every way!


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