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From Anchorage: Alaska Wildlife Center & Turnagain Arm Tour

1. From Anchorage: Alaska Wildlife Center & Turnagain Arm Tour

Board a Turnagain Arm Shuttle from Anchorage for a guided drive along Alaska’s scenic highway, taking in dramatic views of mountains and the Cook Inlet. Head directly to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, and join them in their mission to provide refuge for orphaned, injured, and ill animals. On the way to the wildlife center, pass through the Chugach State Park down Alaska’s most scenic stretch of highway. Start your visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center with a custom tour of Turnagain Arm, witnessing native wildlife up close. Stop at Beluga Point for sweeping views of Turnagain Arm. Make offerings to the Sheep and Whale Gods for possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales passing through. Your guides will do their best to sync you up for a once-in-a-lifetime rendezvous with these enchanted creatures. At Portage Valley, see Explorer Glacier, Middle Glacier, and Byron Glacier and take a walk through a rainforest. Continue to Potter Marsh, peppered by spruce, cottonwoods, and alder trees, for a nearly panoramic view of Turnagain arm.

From Anchorage: Valley of Glaciers & Wildlife Center Tour

2. From Anchorage: Valley of Glaciers & Wildlife Center Tour

Experience Alaska’s spectacular nature and wildlife on a guided full-day trip from Anchorage. You'll take a scenic drive to iconic viewing points, glimpse glaciers up close on a cruise of Portage Lake, and see animals in their natural habitats at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Start your day tour with pick-up from your hotel in a comfortable passenger van. You'll be taken on one of Alaska’s most breathtaking drives down Seward Highway and Turnagain Arm, with sightseeing stops at Beluga Point and Bird Point. Next, arrive in the Portage Valley, where you'll stop at Explorer Glacier, Middle Glacier, and Byron Glacier. Board the MV Ptarmigan boat for an hour-long cruise on Portage Lake. Marvel at glaciers up close, including Portage Glacier, and admire the majestic mountainous landscape. Take the chance for an optional lunch stop after the cruise, before heading to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. You'll be guided through the 200-acre facility to see Alaska’s land mammals in their natural habitats. Look out for bears, moose, wolves, elk, deer, eagles, and many other animals. Finally, you'll drive back to Anchorage with one last stop to see Falls Creek, before being dropped off at your desired destination.

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What people are saying about Byron Glacier Trail

Really had a great time. Jeremy pointed out many things and we went to lookouts along the way. The Alaskan Wildlife Center was fantastic even in the pouring rain. The cruise part has to be cancelled due to high winds but the enormous moose on the highway more than made up for it. Jeremy was a great guide with lots of information and a great attitude which definitely made our group of strangers talk to each other. My only suggestion is if part of the tour has to cancelled, have a plan B. There is a lot to see around the Anchorage area.

This was SO AMAZING! Sights were unbelievable and wildlife center was great! Matthew went above and beyond to explain every glacier, mountain, activity and historical fact. Bears, coyotes, eagles, moose, muskox, we saw them all! Beluga point, Portage lake/mountain were the kind of sights you only see in magazines, spectacular. Highly recommendable tour!!!

This was a great tour! Beautiful scenery and very informative! Chris and Kel really take great care to make this tour one to remember. They are great tour guides!

Matt, our tour guide, was absolutely amazing! He made the tour so personal and exciting. Will definitely do this tour again when I go back!

We had a beautiful weather. We stopped in few view points. Jeremy was super nice and knowledgeable.