Anchorage Exploration & the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
A full day of interesting sights and experiences will unfold as you board a motor coach for the journey to Anchorage, with a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center en route. While in Anchorage, you will enjoy a sightseeing tour, some free time with lunch on your own, and a guided visit to the Anchorage Museum of History & Art.Price TBD
DurationApproximately 10½ Hours
Stepping aboard your motor coach, marvel at the stunning views as you venture though Turnagain Pass and overlook Turnagain Arm.
After approximately 90 minutes, arrive at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you will enjoy an introduction to the many acres of the Center from the comfort of your motor coach. An expert guide will join you, boarding the vehicle and offering insights about the Center’s orphaned and injured animals, which include bald eagles, black and brown bears, musk ox and moose.
Take advantage of time to explore the grounds on your own and visit the gift shop, where souvenirs from local artists are on display, before continuing your travels to Anchorage. Alaska’s largest city is located about 90 minutes from the wildlife center via the Seward Highway, a recently designated National Scenic Byway.
A short orientation to Anchorage’s compact downtown will acquaint you with the main attractions and layout of the city. Eager to explore on your own, disembark your motor coach for 90 minutes of free time, giving you a chance to have lunch independently and browse the local craft and souvenir shops.
At the designated time, meet your driver/guide for the transfer to the Anchorage Museum of History & Art. Here, you will learn about Alaska’s rich culture and history as a docent guides you through the museum’s interesting exhibits. A highlight of your visit is a discovery of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies center, showcasing a collection of over 600 Alaska Native artifacts.
Enjoy light refreshments before boarding your motor coach for the two-and-a-half-hour return journey to Seward.
Important Notes: Guests should be aware that there is an approximately five-hour, round-trip drive to Anchorage, with a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center en route to Anchorage and a straight transfer from Anchorage back to the ship. However, the fascinating sights included in this excursion are its main focus and more than compensate for the length of the journey. As weather can be unpredictable and may include snow on the ground and/or below-freezing temperatures, it is recommended that guests dress in layers, including warm, waterproof clothing. It is also recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. Except for road closure, resort closure or heavy snow or ice on the roads, this excursion will operate in all weather conditions. Flash photography and video recording are not permitted at the Anchorage Museum of History & Art. Some crowding may be anticipated during your visit to the museum. Due to the pre-summer season, some shops may be closed or operating with limited hours.