Day Four: Exit Glacier & Portage Glacier
SEWARD TO WASILLA: Begin your day arriving at Exit Glacier, an eight mile drive off the main road, revealing a spectacular view and a short easy walk provides a close-up and personal view of a magnificent glacier. Leisure time allows for hikes, comfortable walks or photo moments. The Visitor Center features books and information from park rangers.
Enjoy this afternoons’ scenery further down the Seward Hwy corridor. As you approach Turnagain Pass, a restroom break will open up a world of unbelievable photos! Flora and fauna of this area include lupine, columbine, arctic chocolate lilies, pasque flowers and more. Streams are carved out of solid rock and cavernous canyons call to visiting raft thrill seekers. A lunch stop is provided at the Summit Lake Lodge. Quality, fresh foods are purchased locally and imported from the lower 48 for your pleasure. A quick meal of burger and fries or fresh halibut, and prime rib. Either way, the view of the lake and surrounding mountains will enhance the dining experience.
Enjoy this afternoon’s visit to Portage Glacier. Leisure time offers a great area to view the icebergs in the lake as well as hanging glaciers that will keep your camera busy. Begich-Boggs Visitors Center offers a unique opportunity to learn about the Chugach National Forest, Award-winning exhibits, educational presentations and the film “Voices from the Ice”. A stop to view salmon spawning is included depending on season.
We will then continue on to the Anchorage area and Matanuska Valley, the farming belt of Alaska. This tundra-covered lowland is home to wildlife and several species of birds. Upon arrival in Wasilla, dinner will be at one of Wasilla’s finest restaurants offering exceptional views.
View our preferred accommodations for this area:
Palmer Wasilla Mat-Valley Area Lodging