Seward Highway: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Anchorage: Portage Glacier and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

From Anchorage: Portage Glacier and Wildlife Full-Day Tour

This full-day tour of the Turnagain Arm combines a drive along the scenic Seward Highway, a cruise to Portage Glacier, a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and a drive high into the Chugach Mountains. Start with a scenic drive along the Seward Highway down the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, one of the most beautiful places on earth. You will stop in the most picturesque places for photo opportunities and to look out for Dall sheep and Beluga whales. Drive to Portage Glacier for a 1-hour boat trip on board the MV Ptarmigan. The vessel was built especially for the lake and the ride, even in inclement weather, is smooth. A National Park Service Ranger will come on board to explain the local eco-systems and glaciology. Hear how the mountains were pushed up from Oregon! On the way down the valley, pause to watch the salmon run in season. The salmon spawn in clear water in the same place they were born in order to start their life cycle all over again. They come back from the ocean after 4 to 6 years depending on the species. When the salmon are at their highest numbers, Beluga whale chase. Depending on the whim of the whales, you might see them from late July through mid-August. Next you will visit the remarkable Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. In summer, baby musk ox, bison, caribou, and moose will warm the heart of the toughest of men. You will have the opportunity to watch and hear the stories of endangered wood bison, Alaskan brown bear, black bear, moose, caribou/reindeer, lynx, an eagle, great horned owl, and even a porcupine. On your way back enjoy a side trip high into the Chugach Mountains through local neighborhoods for incredible panoramic views of four mountain ranges including Mt. McKinley (weather permitting), Cook Inlet and the city. Learn about local life high above Anchorage on what locals call "the hillside". Lunch will be at a local lodge after the Portage Glacier Cruise (not included in price).  Your expert Alaskan guide will be on hand at all times to describe the phenomenal nature and ecological systems.

Wildlife Center with Lunch & Local Beer Sampling

Wildlife Center with Lunch & Local Beer Sampling

Begin your Alaskan adventure with a convenient pickup in downtown Anchorage. Then, embark on a picturesque drive along the Seward Highway, leading to an intimate encounter with Alaska's majestic wildlife at a premier conservation center. Here, you will have the chance to see bears, moose, elk, musk ox, caribou, and more, coming face-to-face with the animals that roam our vast landscapes. From there, we will visit Girdwood, a charming town nestled among towering mountains, for a culinary experience that tantalizes your taste buds with the best of local cuisine. But the adventure doesn't stop there; we will include a visit to one of Alaska's finest breweries, where you'll indulge in a curated beer sampling that showcases the rich flavors and innovative spirit of Alaskan craft beer. Our tour is designed for those who seek to immerse themselves fully in the beauty, culture, and flavors of Alaska, making it an unforgettable experience from start to finish.

HOPE, AK: SIX MILE CREEK 2-CANYON WHITEWATER RAFTING

HOPE, AK: SIX MILE CREEK 2-CANYON WHITEWATER RAFTING

Experience the rush of Alaska whitewater! Get wet and wild on this creek and run through three consecutive canyons. Each canyon is more beautiful and more challenging than the last, with tight narrow routes, steep slot drops, crashing waves, and deep beautiful blue pools. It’s an awesome ride all surrounded by lush green rainforest walls. A truly world-class section of whitewater that happens to be half-day accessible and gives a one-of-a-kind Alaskan adventure in just a few hours. This creek cuts right through the gorgeous Chugach National Forest and then pours into the pacific ocean at Turnagain Arm just south of Anchorage. From the creek is a 16-mile drive to the mining town of Hope, AK from the highway junction meeting area. In the town of Hope there are great dining options along with quaint Alaskan charm to explore after your trip. This tour is located two hours south of Anchorage off the Seward Highway. With action-packed adrenaline-pumping rapids set in a serene semi-rain forest gorge, it’s a picture-perfect river trip. NOVA pioneered Six Mile Creek in the 1980s and has constantly led adventures on this famous section of whitewater. The first and second canyons have multiple significant Class IV rapids with decent size pools and distance between rapids, the third canyon involves our class 4&5 run. Both our 2 canyon and 3 canyon raft tours include a mandatory (yet fun) in-river swim test before the start of the tour. This also is to help demystify the experience of being in the moving water and currents, to practice self-rescue, and check everyone’s swimming abilities prior to the trip launch.

HOPE, AK: SIX MILE CREEK 3-CANYON WHITEWATER RAFTING

HOPE, AK: SIX MILE CREEK 3-CANYON WHITEWATER RAFTING

Experience the rush of Alaska whitewater! Get wet and wild on this creek and run through three consecutive canyons. Each canyon is more beautiful and more challenging than the last, with tight narrow routes, steep slot drops, crashing waves, and deep beautiful blue pools. It’s an awesome ride all surrounded by lush green rainforest walls. A truly world-class section of whitewater that happens to be half-day accessible and gives a one-of-a-kind Alaskan adventure in just a few hours. This creek cuts right through the gorgeous Chugach National Forest and then pours into the pacific ocean at Turnagain Arm just south of Anchorage. From the creek is a 16-mile drive to the mining town of Hope, AK from the highway junction meeting area. In the town of Hope there are great dining options along with quaint Alaskan charm to explore after your trip. This tour is located two hours south of Anchorage off the Seward Highway. With action-packed adrenaline-pumping rapids set in a serene semi-rain forest gorge, it’s a picture-perfect river trip. NOVA pioneered Six Mile Creek in the 1980s and has constantly led adventures on this famous section of whitewater. The first and second canyons have multiple significant Class 3 & 4 rapids with decent size pools and distance between rapids, the third canyon involves our class 4 & 5 run. Both our 2 canyon and 3 canyon raft tours include a mandatory (yet fun) in-river swim test before the start of the tour. This also is to help demystify the experience of being in the moving water and currents, to practice self-rescue, and check everyone’s swimming abilities prior to the trip launch.

Alaska 9 Day Ocean Wildlife to Interior Wilderness Adventure

Alaska 9 Day Ocean Wildlife to Interior Wilderness Adventure

Guests will be able to see 3 of Alaska's best national parks on this adventure! We begin our adventure in Anchorage and migrate north to Denali. As we migrate north to Denali your guide will stop along the way to view rivers, fish weirs, and mountains. Fingers crossed Denali, North America's highest mountain, is out and visible! Once we are in the Denali area going into the park is a real treat. We often see moose, caribou, grizzly bears, dall sheep, with occasional sightings of wolves, ptarmigan and eagles! We will also see a sled dog demonstration by the Denali Park Rangers. These are the only working sled dogs in a national park and are crucial for park management in winter! From Denali, we head to the Kenai Peninsula to Seward, which on the shores of Resurrection Bay and the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park! Along the way, we will drive by the Chugach Mountains, the Knik and Turnagain Arms, and even take a short hike to Byron Glacier. In Seward, you will have your choice of activity on your free day: Kenai Fjords Ocean Cruise, sea kayaking and boat ride, or an ocean fishing trip. Before leaving, we will visit the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, Alaska’s premier public aquarium and Alaska’s only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility. Leaving Seward, we will travel to Homer, which sits on Kachemak Bay. Here you will have a chance to explore the Homer spit with its bustling marina, charming shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. We will then leave by sea plane to fly to Bear Mountain Lodge on Chinitna Bay, a very remote, yet comfortable lodge in Lake Clark National Park. Here, we will see brown bears in their natural habitat. Guests may see anywhere from 5-20 bears per day! Watching the bears feed on the salt grass and the tidal flats while interacting with each other is a memory our guests never forget! Taking this adventure with our experienced guides, great touring vans, and the available activities to enjoy will be the vacation you and yours talk about for years to come! We look forward to hosting you to share our beautiful Alaska!

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