Whittier to Anchorage
WHITTIER: Upon boarding, begin your adventure with a ride through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel, the longest tunnel in North America, 2.5 miles! It is the first tunnel designed for -40° F. and 150 mph winds. The tunnel is located fifty 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. It opened to vehicle traffic on June 7, 2000 after extensive conversion from a World War II railroad tunnel.
PORTAGE GLACIER: Arriving at 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, America’s second largest national forest. Award-winning exhibits, educational presentations, the film “Voices from the Ice,” information services, and an Alaska Natural History Association bookstore are available.
Join a Forest Service Interpreter or go it alone on this short 1/4 mile loop trail located just outside our doors. Interpretive signs along the trail help paint the picture of Portage Glacier’s retreat revealing a landscape full of new life. A stop to view salmon spawning depending on season.
ALASKA WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER: Here come “Them Thar Bears…”! Join the fun at the 140-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where jaws drop in awe – even those of longtime Alaskans who’ve studied grizzlies and other animals up close. AWCC’s mission is to provide refuge for orphaned, injured, and ill animals-those that can’t survive in the wild. The center, which opened to the public in 1993, also educates visitors about Alaska’s wildlife.
On your visit, you might see a Siberian boar snoozing, moose foraging, baby moose napping, plus caribou, elk, bison, baby Sitka black-tailed deer, eagles, and other animals. The musk oxen are worth the visit all by themselves. Set on the shores of Turnagain Arm, surrounded by mountains and hanging glaciers, the center is the perfect setting to learn about Alaskan wildlife. The animals are located in different areas grouped around several road loops. Each habitat area has a sign explaining the history and habits of the particular animals.
Enjoy a beautiful drive further down the Seward Hwy corridor, stops at Windy Point & Beluga point will allow for Dall Sheep sightseeing as well as Beluga Whale spotting. Binoculars are provided on board as well as complimentary beverages.
GIRDWOOD: Next, enjoy the hopping town of Girdwood, our local ski resort area in winter and hot spot for Tram views in summer. Here you will have a stop for a deli-style lunch along with the infamous views of Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet.
Upon completion of your lunch, leisure time is offered for photos and visit a Jade shop in Alyeska. Jade is Alaska’s state precious stone and found in many stores but this store is the prime shopping stop!
Your first stop will be at Potters Marsh, a state game refuge, a very popular stop for bird watching from a boardwalk. This is a nesting area for waterfowl as well as arctic tern, Canada geese, swans, and ducks. From hawks, to eagles, guests love this walk to view salmon as well as the birds. We even see an occasional moose.
ANCHORAGE: Upon arrival in Anchorage, you will be transferred to your hotel or airport. (Arrival is approximately 4-5 PM – unless requested earlier)
REQUIREMENTS: Children under the age of 8 or under 80 pounds require a booster seat. Client must contact our office with details and a booster seat will be provided. Children under the age of 4 or under 40 lbs require a full child car seat. Client must contact our office with details and a full child car seat will be provided.