Experience Portage Glacier on this tour! This day tour departs Anchorage for the scenic drive south along the edge of the Turnagain Arm on the Seward Parkway. This road is considered to be AmericaâÂÂs most beautiful and scenic road, crossing mountain passes and majestic valleys.Â See stunning scenery along the scenic Seward Highway.Â Photo Opportunities along the way with stops at Beluga Point and Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. Â Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.Â Enjoy Wide-Open Panoramic vistas high above the Chugach Mountains.
Your tour guide will meet you between 8-9am at your Anchorage area hotel, and get you prepared for a full day adventure of exploring the Anchorage wilderness.
The fun begins when you leave the city and drive down the Seward Highway, which is often regarded as one of America's most beautifully scenic roads. Take in the beauty of the Turnagain Armâa narrow channel of the Cook Straitâand at roadside stops like Beluga Point, snap some photos and keep an eye out for moose, eagles, or caribou. Continuing south you'll make a stop at the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, before continuing on to Portage Lake for a cruise to Portage Glacier.
Because the glacier is currently retreating, you can no longer see the glacier itself when standing in front of the visitor center, but by taking a boat across the lake you get a front row view. Hear theÂ shifting river of ice as it cracks, rumbles, and groans, and if you're lucky you'll see some ice go calving into the lake.Â
You'll next have the chance toÂ get up close to wildlife, and see injured, orphaned, and rehabilitated animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.Â Spread out over 140 acres, this facility is meant to raise awareness toward Alaska's native wildlife, and spend time withÂ bison, elk, caribou, muskox, eagles, and moose.Â
Enjoy lunch in the town of Girdwood at the base of Mt. Alyeska, and enjoy the scenic, winding driving as you pass through the Chugach Mountains. After seven hours of watching glaciers and snapping dozens of photos, your tour finishes when you're dropped off at your Anchorage area hotel.Â
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required