On this tour to Turnagain Arm from Anchorage, you'll travel along the incredibly scenic Seward Highway, a designated National Scenic Byway and one of only 41 All-American Roads in the US. This means you'll be treated to some of the country's most spectacular landscapes as you travel to the Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm, stopping at Mt Alyeska along the way for lunch and a tram ride up the mountain. You'll also take a guided tour of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to see bears, moose, elk and more.
You'll be picked up from your downtown Anchorage hotel in the afternoon for a scenic drive to Turnagain Arm. This popular landmark is an extension of the Cook Inlet, which extends toward Anchorage and then branches into two arms that nearly surround Anchorage.
Travel along the beautiful Seward Highway, a National Scenic Byway and one of only 41 roads in the US designated as an All-American Road. You'll be astounded by the Alaskan scenery as you pass mountain slopes, marshes, rocky outcrops and dramatic coastlines on your way to Mt Alyeska.
Hop on an aerial tram for a ride up to the top of the mountain, where you'll enjoy views of alpine glaciers and learn about the surrounding area from your guide. You can also visit the Roundhouse Museum, Alaska's only mountaintop museum, featuring exhibits about pioneer skiers as well as awesome 360-degree views.
Afterward, head to The Bake Shop at the foot of the mountain to enjoy lunch including soup, sourdough bread and desserts. You'll then be taken to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for a guided tour. This privately owned non-profit organization rescues orphaned and injured animals. On your tour, get up-close views of bears, moose, elk, caribou and other Alaskan animals.
Continue your drive along the Cook Inlet and around famous Turnagain Arm, one of the most scenic spots in Alaska. Watch for the incoming tide ' the second-largest tide in North America ' and keep an eye out for the wildlife such as sheep, beluga whales and eagles.
After some time here, relax on the journey along the Seward Highway back to Anchorage.
Upgrade: Glacier Cruise
Upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise to Portage Glacier, one of Alaska's most-visited attractions! Travel along Portage Lake and hear interesting facts and stories about the surrounding area and wildlife from your onboard guide. Your captain will take you close to the glacier face, giving you great photo opportunities.