Girdwood, United States

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Overview

Catch sight of moose, sheep and maybe even wolves on this road trip along the Seward Highway to the Turnagain Arm. On this 3.5-hour guided tour from Anchorage, you’ll travel along a National Scenic Byway and soak up breathtaking Alaskan landscapes, and then visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Among the rescued bears, elk and caribou you see, you might just meet one you want to adopt!
  • Alaska wildlife tour from Anchorage
  • Travel along the Seward Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway with some of the best scenery in the US!
  • Spot wildlife such as whales, moose and goats along the Turnagain Arm
  • Take a guided tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Learn about the center’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts as you see bears, elk and caribou up close
  • Option to adopt an animal!
A National Scenic Byway, Seward Highway is one of only 15 roads in the US designated as an All-American Road. After hotel pickup in Anchorage, experience a great drive on this highway through stunning Alaskan scenery. As you travel along the Turnagain Arm, keep your eyes peeled for eagles, mountain goats, moose, whales, wolves and other wildlife.
Arrive at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a privately owned nonprofit organization that rescues orphaned and injured animals. Get up-close to bears, elk and caribou on your educational tour of the rehabilitation center, which provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care.
Inspired by the center’s dedication to save Alaskan wildlife? Consider adopting an animal — you can help support your chosen animal for an additional cost, payable directly to the center. You’ll take home an adoption certificate, and the center’s staff will inform you of the special diets, environment and care that your animal requires. You can ask your guide for an adoption form, or inquire when making your booking for the tour.
Finish your 3.5-hour tour with a relaxing drive back on the Turnagain Arm to your Anchorage hotel.

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G
, Sep 2018

Our driver was very nice and provided a lot of commentary about Alaska while we were on the road. However, the stops we made were extremely brief. 10-15 minute stops at each point, 1 lookout point on Turnagain arm, and animal areas at the Wildlife Conservation Center. 1 stop was 45 minutes, which was at the gift shop area, of course. Our driver provided some info on the Center itself and a couple of the animals there, but I would've wished for a Conservation Biologist to provide informational talks and the back-stories of each animal that ended up at the center. None of the workers at the Center really spoke to us. Only 1 person did, to tell us how to spot the hiding spot of the Lynx, but that was it. There is a lot of missed opportunities with this tour, I didn't feel quite the connection to the Center as I thought I would've. That's too bad because wildlife and conservation is the #1 reason as to why I decided to visit Alaska in the 1st place. Hopefully, this tour in the future will provide a little more connection with the Center's mission or just make the tour last longer. I felt that we were just being rushed and shuttled between areas. At least during our visit, all the animals decided to wake up and put on a show for us. A brown bear was rolling around on his back, and another was scratching an itch on a pole. The wolves were napping at first and then all 3 woke up and started pacing and hoping on top of things. There was plenty to see so that was good. And I think I may have seen a beluga whale while driving on Turnagain Arm, but i'm not certain.

R
, Aug 2018

This excursion was one of the best things we did in Alaska. Our guide was prompt and professional, and very helpful with navigating Anchorage (as it was our first day there). The Wildlife Conservation Center was remarkable. We were literally 3 feet away from brown and black bears, moose, caribou, foxes, etc. Funny enough, we were thrilled to be there on a sunny day with a bright blue sky, but we were told the animals are often more active when it rains (which it does frequently during the summer in Alaska.) Anyway, everyone who visits Anchorage should make it a point to go out to the remarkable Turnagain Arm and Wildlife Conservation Center. It is well worth it! And, going with this tour did not disappoint! We loved it!

F
, Aug 2018

Our tour guide, John, made the trip worthwhile. His knowledge of Alaska and the Anchorage area was interesting and fascinating at the same time as well as his stories of life in Alaska. At the wildlife refuge, we got to see quite a few animals up close. As the first excursion of our cruise, it really made us excited for what was to come next! Highly recommend this tour.

N
, Jul 2018

This tour was great! I booked it at the very last minute and was able to do so quite easily. Rebecca, our guide, picked us up at the hotel and provided a commentary throughout on the scenery and wildlife. As there were only six of us , the tour was tailored to everyone's preferences. On our last day in Alaska we were finally able to get some great pictures of: bears, elk, reindeer, moose, wolves and some other animals that were elusive in the wild. The Wildlife Nature Center was a great way to see the animals up close and personal. I would highly recommend Salmonberry Tours.

B
, Jul 2018

The guide was really great and full of great information about life in Alaska today and in the past. Really enjoyed this tour!

B
, Jul 2017

Fantastic tour!! Our guide Kevin was knowledgeable and very friendly...gave us tons of interesting facts, history and fun stories. We saved the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for the last day of our 3-week vacation in Alaska. It is a MUST-SEE!! We saw more animals in one day than the 3 weeks!

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, Jun 2017

This was a great tour. The scenery was beautiful, the guide knowledgeable about the area and the wonderful animals we saw. I thought it was well worth the money. We got lots of great pictures of the animals. We got our only close-up bear experience during our Alaska trip at the Animal Refuge! I recommend this tour and would do it again.

L
, Jun 2017

Chloe, our guide, was excellent. She was very knowledgeable about Alaska, Anchorage, and the wildlife as well as personable and professional too. The drive was beautiful and seeing the wildlife up close was spectacular. We decided to take this tour because seeing wildlife is so unpredictable and this was a sure way to see them. We watched the bears for a long time and would have loved to watch them even longer. It was awesome that I was able to support such a wonderful establishment.

M
, Jun 2017

We all enjoyed the trip thoroughly - the young lady tour guide had excellent knowledge and stopped for some great photo shoots.
The tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary was excellent - and she seemed to know many of the animals by name.

Really worthwhile trip to learn more about Alsaka.

T
, Apr 2017

A Little bit to expensive. Only a car drive to the wildlife Center and back.
The Center is really great.


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