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Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest

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Anchorage, United States
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Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Turnagain Arm boasts abundant Alaskan wildlife within easy access of the city of Anchorage. Learn about the local ecosystem from a guide with extensive knowledge about the area as you drive down the peninsula, with opportunities to spot wild animals in their natural environment as you go. A visit to the animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a drive past the glaciers on Portage Glacier Road are also included.
  • Learn about the local ecosystem as you go
  • Visit endangered species housed at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Drive down Portage Glacier Road included
  • Round-trip transportation from Anchorage included
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Pick up at Anchorage Downtown Visitors Center 546 W 5th Avenue
Gratuities
546 W 4th Ave , 546 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

- We will pick you up at the downtown Anchorage Visitors Center behind log cabin. We normally park right behind the red trolley. It is an active loading and unloading zone so please be ready on time as the driver will have be asked by parking enforcement to move after 10 minutes.

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide at the Anchorage Visitors Center to at your appointed tour departure time. Board a comfortable vehicle for the scenic drive along the tidal flats of the Turnagain Arm, known for its abundant wildlife. Learn about the area from your guide as you look out for sightings of Dall sheep, beluga whales, and more in their natural environment.

Then, tour the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which provides refuge for animals that cannot survive in the wild. See the various species of wild animals that the center currently provides care for, including wood bison, musk ox, and lynx.

After your visit, travel down Portage Glacier Road to view some of the glaciers in the area, and walk through the Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary to view even more wildlife.

Return to Anchorage at the end of your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
View Alaska's most famous animals up close in a natural setting. During this visit, you'll get great pictures of real live bears, moose, musk-ox, caribou, bison, and more! The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education and quality animal care. AWCC has provided care for hundreds of displaced animals because visitors like you have made critical contributions in the form of admission fees, donations, memberships, and gift shop purchases.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chugach State Park
Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, with possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales. Timing is everything hopefully you will see both!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Portage Glacier
Portage Valley: You will see Explorer Glacier, Middle Glacier, Byron Glacier and Take a Walk through a Rainforest. Next grab a snack or meal to enjoy on your ride back to Anchorage at Portage Day Lodge.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not recommended for Infants or Passengers who cannot walk for 40 minutes on their own.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska's Finest Tours & Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Traveler Tips


  • "It is a bit of a drive out to the conservation centre which took up a lot of time but it is unavoidable." See review
  • "At the conservation park, there were limited food choices (if you are gf or diabetic, take your own snack or eat well just before." See review
  • "If it had been sunny it would have been better It was nice to see the glaciers" See review

Reviews

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I'm coming back!
Janice_M
, Oct 2021
The information provided by the tour guide was great. He was very through and knowledgeable. I really enjoyed the stories about the history of Anchorage, wildlife, and the people who live there!
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Great time
Stephanie_R
, Oct 2021
. We got lost on the way to our pick up point and the driver got on the phone with me and guided me in. So wonderful and beyond. He was also so knowledgeable about the area. He was very easy going and you could tell he loved his job. My granddaughter and I had a great time and would recommend this trip to everyone. Love that we were able to see the bulga whales.
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Wonderful...great tour....
Jerry_C
, Oct 2021
Wonderful...great tour. We saw so many different things. Matthew, our guide was Wonderful! He was so informative and interesting.
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Trip to Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest
Ulises_R
, Oct 2021
Booking thru viator is easy, Chris was very knowledgeable of the city and all the way thru the trip.
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See Alaska
Abdulrahman_Q
, Oct 2021
Great value. Tour guide was perfect for the trip. We saw many animals and took many photos. Rainforest though was not as we expected.
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Would definitely recommend
Gautam_K
, Oct 2021
It was a really wonderful experience. Matthew was a great guide as well The scenery was magical, with all the huge glaciers, pristine lakes, ice cold water, and abundant wildlife (bears, moose, elk and many more)
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Beauty of the mountains,...
Steven_Y
, Oct 2021
Beauty of the mountains, salmon in the river, different look and feel of the rain forest, musk ox at Conservation Center. Lots of variety and natural beauty.
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Must see tour
Esperanza_P
, Sep 2021
Chris was an awesome driver and tour guide! Awesome first day in Alaska!!! Chris showed and explained Alaska that was so awesome definitely recommend.
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Love all places we went. Chris is a funny guide
Carmen_C
, Sep 2021
We travel 5 seniors aNd two young people. It was definitely lovely and perfect tour. Chris is a very great guide, patient and kind . He gave us lot of info about Alaska. We were so lucky to have a shiny day. Highly recommended it.
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Great tour and wildlife viewing
Carrie_W
, Sep 2021
Theron was a wonderful driver and great guide. He’s very personable and knowledgeable about the area. Our tour included the wildlife refuge and was a great way to see bears, elk, reindeer, moose and more up close. We stopped at Beluga Point, and a bird sanctuary where we were able to see some Beluga coming up to the surface. Also a stop at Potters Marsh to be able to see a few salmon swimming upstream. It was the very end of the salmon run season so we were very lucky to see a few. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate to be able to go to the glacier area. All in all, a great value for the price so I wouldn’t have to worry about driving a rental car to these areas. Highly recommend this tour and our guide, Theron.
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