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Anchorage, United States
Tour of Turnagain Arm

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Experience the breathtaking landscape of the Turnagain Arm on a half-day tour with an informative guide. Ride along the scenic Seward Parkway to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and Beluga Point, stopping for photo ops and wildlife observation. Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a large nature preserve where injured animals are rehabilitated. Continue to the town of Girdwood, then travel up into the Chugach Mountains for another great vantage point on the Turnagain Arm. Includes round-trip transportation from Anchorage.
  • Stop for photos and wildlife spotting at Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and Beluga Point
  • Observe Alaskan wild animals up close at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Have lunch (not provided) in the quaint town of Girdwood near Mt. Alyeska
  • Learn from the knowledgeable guide about Alaska's natural history and wildlife
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottled water
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

555 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA

Our silver Mercedes Sprinter van will be parked along the curb in front of the Egan Center

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your day with pickup at your Anchorage hotel.

Head towards the Portage Valley as your guide shares informative commentary on the wildlife and history of Turnagain Arm and Chugach National Forest. Stop to look for wildlife such as caribou and moose, and snap photos at the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge and Beluga Point. All stops provide great views of the narrow Turnagain Arm waterway, which connects to the Gulf of Alaska and the Cook Inlet.

Visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a wildlife reserve that rehabilitates orphaned and injured wild animals from the Chugach National Forest region, including caribou, elk, moose, musk ox, deer, bears, and bison—some of Alaska's biggest land animals. See the animals and birds of prey during your time at the center.

Next up, drive to Mt. Alyeska and purchase lunch at a favorite local spot in the picturesque ski resort town of Girdwood, which was once a mining town. Then ascend the road that climbs into the Chugach Mountains where you get for sweeping views of the Turnagain Arm.

Your tour comes to an end when your guide returns you to your Anchorage hotel.
Stop At:  
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, research, education and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides them with spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Most of the animals that arrive at the AWCC become permanent residents and will always have a home here. The Center maintains over 200 acres of spacious habitats for animals to feel at home and display their natural “wild” behavior. Visitors may see brown bears cooling off in the water, a bull moose strutting, wood bison roaming on pastures and more.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Beluga Point
This is a popular stop as you travel the Seward Highway. Here you'll find 180 degree views of Turnagain Arm. There's an extensive viewing area with spotting scopes and interpretive signs. This is an excellent spot to watch the bore tide. The incoming tide stretched the entire width of Turnagain Arm and can be six feet high as it rushes in. Watch for kayakers and surfers riding the wave for several miles. Look for beluga whales rolling in the surf (starting in September)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Planet Earth Adventures, LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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31 Reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers

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Awesome, informative, and fun!
, Sep 2021
I have to mention that the tour guide was not wearing a mask. That was not my preference, especially with Delta becoming a huge threat. But other than that, the tour was amazing! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and took us to a number of off-the-beaten-path locations. Maybe my favorite tour of the trip!
Our trip to Turnagain Arm
, Jul 2021
My husband and I had a great experience on our viator trip. We went to Turnagain Arms and an animal conservation center. It was a very beautiful,scenic tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us many things about the areas we visited. We enjoyed the trip very much
, Jul 2021
Seeing the Turnagain tidal bore Albert, our guide, timed it just right He did a great job in explaining the phenomenon as well as the geography, history & wildlife
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Alex, Thank you so much for your kind words. I appreciate the review and also for choosing us for your day trip. Glad you enjoyed your tour. Thanks for visiting Alaska!
Well worth the time & money
, Jul 2021
We were so lucky to have a driver as knowledgeable as Scott. He has a vast knowledge of the Turnagain Arm & Anchorage. He stopped the van when we had opportunities to view wildlife & we got some great photos.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for reviewing us and also for traveling with us. Glad that you enjoyed Scott and your tour along one of our favorite road in Alaska. Thanks for visiting Alaska!
Great tour and awesome guide!
, Jun 2021
Loved our tour guide, LeLinda (Lee). She was warm and friendly and very knowledgeable! The tour was great and we made several stops for photos which I appreciated.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for sharing your comments and for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your feedback and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. I will pass your comments to LeLinda. We are happy and appreciative that you chose us for your tour company. Thanks for visiting Alaska!
Turnagain arm tour
, Jun 2021
I loved our tour guide, friendly and showed us the best time and experience. The boat ride was awesome to see portage glacier and we had so much great scenery and we even got to see animals. Great experience and would highly Recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your review. We appreciate you for taking the time to review us. Glad you had a memorable experience. Thanks for choosing us for your tour. Safe travels!
Turnagain Arm
, Jul 2019
Great day trip. My wife and I took the Turnagain Arm Tour with two other couples. Julie was our guide. We couldn't have asked for a better guide. She did a wonderful job taking us to great spots and explaining so much about each area and about Alaska. Well worth the experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Turnagain Arm Tour
, Jun 2019
Knowledgeable tour guide, beautiful scenery, and tasty treats. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center was awesome!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thanks for reviewing us and thanks for visiting Alaska!
Wonderful Alaska Introduction....Thanks to Leah
, Jul 2018
Everything on our bucket list was touched on by our personable and knowledgeable guide. Leah gave us 100% and then some! Wildlife, geographies, history and gorgeous views. We had perfect weather and a perfect hostess! Highly recommend this tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour guide, very...
Rico D
, Aug 2017
Excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and informative. The group was small and all questions were answered with details. It was pleasant and easy to interact the tour guide.

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