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Get ready for one of the best road trips ever: This guided day trip from Anchorage to Mt Alyeska takes you along Seward Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway. Marvel at mountains, marshes, rocky outcrops and dramatic coastlines. Ride an aerial tram up to the top of Mt Alyeska, and enjoy a tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise to the popular Portage Glacier. Lunch and hotel transport are included.

Highlights

  • Turnagain Arm and Mt Alyeska tour from Anchorage
  • Travel along Seward Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway
  • Take a tram ride up Mt Alyeska for alpine glacier views
  • See bears, moose, elk and more on a tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Visit the famous Portage Glacier on a 1-hour cruise (if option selected)
  • Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Seward Highway Tour from Anchorage: Turnagain Arm, Mt Alyeska and Optional Glacier Cruise

Take an optional cruise to Portage Glacier

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.

Optional Cruise to Portage Glacier
Upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise across Portage Lake to Portage Glacier, a popular attraction located an hour from Anchorage. Your captain navigates close to the sheer glacier face, giving you amazing photo ops. Hear commentary about the surrounding area and wildlife as you keep watch for ice fracturing from the glacier and crashing into the water below.

Customer Reviews

Joan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour was wonderful! Derek, our guide was all a guide should be...efficient, friendly and very knowledgeable! The day was rainy, but the views were amazing. The portage glacier cruise was worth the extra cost. The animal conservation center was better than I anticipated, and dinner at The Bakery in Girdwood was de licious!

Kimberly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

faith.m.quick

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour and guide, very informative. Great advance communication for a traffic back up that required change in pick up time. We liked the door-to-door service and delicious meal--sour dough bread and vegetable soup were the best!

Rajiv B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Bonnie C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The scenery was fantastic. Our tour guide Shermaine was very professional and we had a wonderful time.

Gloria H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a great introduction to Alaska! Had a little bit of everything ( views, history, wildlife and glaciers) and our guide Kevin was great!!

Adrienne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Steve H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One consistent with Viator is their tour guides and Justin did Viator proud. Personable, knowledgable and just fun was Justin. The vehicle used was comfortable, there was plenty of water and snacks and lunch was awesome. This is a awesome tour that captures a glimpse of Alaska.

trevor5page1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

what a great day we had keep up the good work

Nancy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. would definitely recommend this tour to anyone coming to Anchorage.

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