Wildlife and Glaciers with a walk in the Rainforest

  • Operates Daily - 4 hours 30 minutes
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Stop At: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Mile 79 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587

View Alaska's most famous animals up close in a natural setting. During this visit, you'll get great pictures of real live bears, moose, musk-ox, caribou, bison, and more! The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education and quality animal care. AWCC has provided care for hundreds of displaced animals because visitors like you have made critical contributions in the form of admission fees, donations, memberships, and gift shop purchases.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Chugach State Park, Mile 115 Seward Highway, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK 99587

Beluga Point: Popular photo stop with panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, with possible opportunities to see Dall sheep and Beluga whales. Timing is everything hopefully you will see both!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Portage Glacier, Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, Anchorage, AK

Portage Valley: You will see Explorer Glacier, Middle Glacier, Byron Glacier and Take a Walk through a Rainforest. Next grab a snack or meal to enjoy on your ride back to Anchorage at Portage Day Lodge.

Duration: 30 minutes

Activity Details
Take a shuttle along the glacier-carved shores of the Turnagain Arm, scoping out craggy cliffs for Dall sheep and scanning the water for surfacing beluga whales. On this guided excursion, take a scenic drive outside of Anchorage and spend some time visiting orphaned animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

Get picked up from the Anchorage Visitors Center, where you can hop in a comfortable shuttle and let your guide plot a course to to the south. Pass through Chugach State Park, along waterfront roads that offer sweeping views of the Turnagain Arm. Look for beluga whales coming in from Cook Inlet, try and spot eagles nesting in evergreen treetops, and spot Dall sheep framed against the black backdrop of steep mountainsides. Your tour includes stops at Beluga Point, Portage Valley, Potter Marsh and a brief walk in the rainforest guest have told us they felt like they were “walking into another world” “enchanting” “spiritual” so you won’t want to miss this experience.
Departure & Return
Departure Point546 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • All pick ups are at the Anchorage Visitors Center - Hotel pick ups are not included.
  • Gratuities
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not recommended for Infants or Passengers who cannot walk for 40 minutes on their own.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveler Reviews
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Average based on 14 reviews.

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  • My wife and I took this tour with Ben and had a great afternoon. The first part was spent seeking out eagles, moose etc and exploring Turnagain Arm. We were very lucky with what we found. Then spent some time in the glacier parks and finished formal part of the tour at the AWCC which was excellent and allowed us plenty of time to walk through and spend time with the animals. Ben was a great guide, full of information and very helpful. Feed him and who knows what might happen! Recommend this trip highly.

  • Ben was awesome!! He went above and beyond my expectations. Not only did he take us on the expected tour but allowed us to decide if we wanted to do more activities along the way. Highly recommend this tour, Ben is definitely the guy you’d like to tour with!

  • This is a great tour! Ben is very knowledgeable and takes good care of his clients. Be sure to add on the glacier cruise, it is phenomenal. Take a coat, the wind is cold on the top deck of the boat.

  • My tour guide was very knowledgeable an excitited about what he was doing!! I believe that's amazing to have someone that's not press for time is welling to enjoy an be amaze by nature just as much as some of us were!! I had a great time an learned a lot!

  • Our tour went for 7 hours! It happened to be a beautiful day so the glaciers and scenery all looked georgous. Laura was knowledgeable and relaxed. We went on to see most of the Alaskan signature animals in the wild, but not as close and it was a great introduction.
    At the conservation park, there were limited food choices (if you are gf or diabetic, take your own snack or eat well just before.

  • This tour was good. It is a bit of a drive out to the conservation centre which took up a lot of time but it is unavoidable. The drive was broken up with a few short interesting stops along the way. The rainforest walk was short and disappointing but the mountain scenery around made up for it. Overall, an enjoyable afternoon.

  • Although the trip down the turnagain arm was quite scenic, there was no wildlife to see and considering the road traveled was heavily used it is doubtful that you would see much in the way of wildlife. The self guided hike to Bryson glacier was enjoyable, but there was little else. There was a stop at a wildlife rescue center that was dusty and crowded but we did see bear, kind of a zoo setting. The guide/driver was pleasant but offered very little in the way of narration or information. The van was new and clean and had great viewing windows for the scenery. Not a bad experience but not what i would book if you were wanting primarily a wildlife experience.

  • So the tour is set for 11 am. However later on in the description it says 1230. I raised a query through Viator and not having had a response called the company the next day. Very rude response as if picking up phone was a huge effort. The person said they had emailed me to clarify; I assume emails are slow in Alaska because two days later it still has not arrived.

    The first stop was to see the world's biggest chocolate fountain! What that has to do with the scenic wonders of Alaska is beyond my comprehension. That lost us 30 minutes for no good reason. Seems to me it was designed to boost sales for the chocolate factory. There was no walk in a rain forest. The last stop at a nature reserve was missed out because one person did not have time. The rest of of us were not asked if we agreed,

    At the Wild Life Center the driver failed to tell the passengers where and when we would depart ...we had to ask him individually. His initial plan seemed to be to let us see the bears being fed then a quick drive around the park and exit.

    Before the Wild Life Centre we stopped, after 2 PM, at the Portage Day Lodge for 30 minutes. Another gift shop for a snack and so the driver could get lunch. The driver did give a very good explanation of glacial recession by referring to his own 1989 photograph. That was as good as it got.
    The guide spoke for no more than 20 minutes during a 5 hour trip. There was so much more he might have told us about now the scenery was formed. If you are doing tours like this they need to be educational.

    As we got back to Anchorage the driver provided graphic details of a serial killer who flew his victims to the wilderness, having raped them, and hunted them. This was despite there being 4 young children on the trip.

    Just very poor. Frankly it deserves no stars.

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