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Half-Day Tour of Turnagain Arm

Anchorage, United States
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Experience the breathtaking landscape of the Turnagain Arm on a half-day tour with an informative guide. Ride along the scenic Seward Parkway to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and Beluga Point, stopping for photo ops and wildlife observation. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a large nature preserve where injured animals are rehabilitated. Continue to the town of Girdwood for lunch, then travel up into the Chugach Mountains for another great vantage point on the Turnagain Arm. Includes round-trip transportation from Anchorage.
  • Stop for photos and wildlife spotting at Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and Beluga Point
  • Observe Alaskan wild animals up close at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Have lunch in the quaint town of Girdwood near Mt. Alyeska
  • Learn from the knowledgeable guide about Alaska's natural history and wildlife
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottled water
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups for this tour start approximately 30 minutes prior to the tour time on your voucher. Tour will begin after hotel all pick ups are complete. Tour times are approximate and can be affected by accidents on the road and/or road construction.

Hotel pick ups are limited to three (3) hotels per tour. These pick ups are based on a first-come first-serve basis so book early to confirm your pick up. Actual pick up location may change even though you selected a hotel from the drop-down menu.

You will be advised of the alternate pick up location if we have reach our maximum 3 pick up hotels.

We do not pick up at private homes, businesses, apartments or B&B's, if this is your case, please call about alternate pick up location.

Drop off at Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport may be available upon request.

It is important for us to know the location of your hotel and also a way to call you. Please provide a good cell number to call you while you are traveling in Alaska. Your home number or land line does not help us in contacting you. Also know that sometimes cell phones do not work well while in Alaska and if we cannot get in touch with you, we will not know where to pick you up!!

We will use the cell phone number that you provide us to text you and update you with any changes to your tour and also to confirm the pick up time. We usually send you a text to confirm your pick details about 24 hours prior to your tour. You may also get another text message from your guide on the day of your tour.

Planet Earth Adventures.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your day with pickup at your Anchorage hotel.

Head towards the Portage Valley as your guide shares informative commentary on the wildlife and history of Turnagain Arm and Chugach National Forest. Stop to look for wildlife such as caribou and moose, and snap photos at the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and Beluga Point. All stops provide great views of the narrow Turnagain Arm waterway, which connects to the Gulf of Alaska and the Cook Inlet.

Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a wildlife reserve that rehabilitates orphaned and injured wild animals from the Chugach National Forest region, including caribou, elk, moose, musk ox, deer, bears, and bison—some of Alaska's biggest land animals. See the animals and birds of prey during your time at the center.

Next up, drive to Mt. Alyeska and purchase lunch at a favorite local spot in the picturesque ski resort town of Girdwood, which was once a mining town. Then ascend the road that climbs into the Chugach Mountains where you get for sweeping views of the Turnagain Arm.

Your tour comes to an end when your guide returns you to your Anchorage hotel.
Stop At:  
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides them with spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Most of the animals that arrive at the AWCC become permanent residents and will always have a home here. The Center maintains over 200 acres of spacious habitats for animals to feel at home and display their natural “wild” behavior. Visitors may see brown bears cooling off in the water, a bull moose strutting, wood bison roaming on pastures and more.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Beluga Point
This is a popular stop as you travel the Seward Highway. Here you'll find 180 degree views of Turnagain Arm. There's an extensive viewing area with spotting scopes and interpretive signs. This is an excellent spot to watch the bore tide. The incoming tide stretched the entire width of Turnagain Arm and can be six feet high as it rushes in. Watch for kayakers and surfers riding the wave for several miles. Look for beluga whales rolling in the surf (starting in September)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Planet Earth Adventures, LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Half-Day Tour of Turnagain Arm?
This activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers.

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21 Reviews
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Turnagain Arm
, Jul 2019
Great day trip. My wife and I took the Turnagain Arm Tour with two other couples. Julie was our guide. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. She did a wonderful job taking us to great spots and explaining so much about each area and about Alaska. Well worth the experience.
Turnagain Arm Tour
, Jun 2019
Knowledgeable tour guide, beautiful scenery, and tasty treats. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center was awesome!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thanks for reviewing us and thanks for visiting Alaska!
Wonderful Alaska Introduction....Thanks to Leah
, Jul 2018
Everything on our bucket list was touched on by our personable and knowledgeable guide. Leah gave us 100% and then some! Wildlife, geographies, history and gorgeous views. We had perfect weather and a perfect hostess! Highly recommend this tour.
Excellent tour guide, very...
Rico D
, Aug 2017
Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and informative. The group was small and all questions were answered with details. It was pleasant and easy to interact the tour guide.
Matt was an extraordinary guide. We...
Jim P
, Jul 2017
Matt was an extraordinary guide. We were small group and he was flexible in the tour schedule allowing us to see and understand more than one could expect. Absolutely the best day of the trip.
Excellent experience with a very...
Kelly B
, Jul 2016
Excellent experience with a very knowledgeable guide.

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