Our adventure begins with a ride through the 2.5 mile Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest one-way train and vehicle tunnel in North America. The Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel is located 50 miles southeast of Anchorage, near Portage Glacier, and connects the port city of Whittier on Prince William Sound to the Seward Highway and Southcentral Alaska.
First, we'll drive through Portage Valley, home to several hanging glaciers and beautiful alpine scenery. Depending on the season, we may be able to view salmon as they complete their lifecycle and spawn in one of the valley's rivers.
Then we'll visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, which opened to the public in 1993, and has been providing up close and personal Alaska wildlife experiences ever since. It is located on 140 acres at the southern edge of Turnagain Arm and the entrance to Portage Valley. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center provides wildlife education and awareness, and care and rehabilitation for Alaska's wildlife. Get close, safely observe and photograph some of Alaska's largest land animals, including moose, bison, elk, deer, caribou, bears, and musk ox. Our guests also enjoy seeing small mammals like lynx, and stunning birds of prey, such as bald and golden eagles.
For lunch, we'll visit the quaint town of Girdwood and our favorite Bake Shop. Bottomless soup, sourdough bread, beverages, and dessert are all on the menu. After lunch, get ready for the aerial tram ride up the longest double black diamond ski slope in North America. From the top, you can view several glaciers and the farthest northern reaches of a temperate rainforest that stretches from here all the way south to Northern California. On select days our guests visit the Roundhouse Museum. This mountainside museum features a panoramic viewing deck for incredible views.
Next, we'll continue the scenic drive into Anchorage, along the Turnagain Arm, watching for wildlife and taking stops at scenic viewpoints. Upon arrival in Anchorage, between 2pm and 3pm, you'll be transferred to your hotel or the airport.
Included: Lunch. Entrance tickets.
Drop off Location Request: Please provide us with the name of the hotel you will be staying at in Anchorage. If you would like to be taken to the airport, please list the Airport as your location.
Duration: 6-6.5 hours (Transfer from Whittier to Anchorage Hotel of Airport.)
- Hotel pick-up service
- Entrance tickets
- Lunch: Soup, local bread, dessert, and a beverage
- Complimentary snack and bottled glacier water
Duration: 6-6.5 hours
- Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
- This tour meets at the cruise ship dock. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
Are food and drink included?
A lunch of soup, local bread, dessert and a beverage are included on this tour.
Is there a place to store my luggage during the tour?
Our tour vans are able to accommodate 1 full-size suitcase per person as well as 2 personal items. If you or your party is expected to have additional luggage, then please leave us a comment. We will contact and review your options.
Do you offer any discounts or promotions?
We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.
Do you offer tours for large groups?
Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.
Can multiple families book this tour and be together?
Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.
What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?
All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.
Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?
All tours pick-up either at your hotel unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.
Does the tour include transportation?
Yes. All tours pick up from your hotel and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.
What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?
All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.
Sep 2019 - Charles W.
There were good and bad aspects of the tour. It began badly, with a late pickup from the ship. We had arranged to be off the ship extra early to be ready for the tour and found ourselves waiting for half an hour to be picked up with no indication of when the van would arrive. There was nowhere to sit down as we waited. A phone call with an update from the tour operator would have been appreciated. James, the tour guide, was a seasoned Alaska native with much knowledge to share. We saw many interesting sights and learned much on the motor trip. We were returned to our hotel nicely.
Jun 2019 - Amanda C.
Our guide Chad was wonderful. We had a great time in Anchorage.
Sep 2018 - Debbie R.
Enjoyed the transfer & because we were a smaller group driver asked us what we'd like to stop & see & offered options.