Turnagain Arm, an extension of Cook Inlet, stretches toward Anchorage and then splits into two branches that nearly envelop the city. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful sections of Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway and one of only 41 roads in the US designated as an All-American Road. Enjoy hotel pickup by minivan from downtown Anchorage and experience some of the best views you’ll ever encounter from the road.
En route to Mt Alyeska, drive past jaw-dropping backdrops of marshes, mountain slopes, rocky outcrops and rugged coastlines. When you arrive at the mountain, an aerial tram takes you up to the summit. Capture vistas of alpine glaciers as your guide points out geological highlights. Spend some time inside the Roundhouse Museum, Alaska's only mountaintop museum.
Sit down for lunch at The Bake Shop, located at the mountain base (typical lunch includes soup, sourdough bread and desserts). Afterward, your guide takes you to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you’ll see caribou, bears, elk, moose and other Alaskan animals that were brought to the center orphaned or injured.
Back in your van, travel along Cook Inlet and around Turnagain Arm, known for remarkable tides. Keep your eyes open for the incoming tide, which can reach 40 feet (12 meters), and you might just spot beluga whales and eagles. Admire the scenery here before returning along Seward Highway back to Anchorage.