Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center & Aerial Tram

Marvel at Alaska’s rugged beauty and interesting wildlife with this nature-lover’s excursion. You will visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, home to displaced, orphaned and injured animals such as moose, elk and bears, and then head to the Alyeska Resort, where you will board the Glacier Express Tram to admire views of Turnagain Arm.

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    All ages
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    Approximately 4 1/2 - 5 hours

Board your motor coach for the transfer to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, a journey highlighted by your drive through the 2½-mile Anton Anderson Tunnel.

After about 20 minutes, arrive at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and begin your introduction to the center’s important mission and fascinating animals. As a sanctuary for displaced, orphaned and injured wildlife, the center serves as a refuge for hundreds of creatures. Observe some of Alaska’s largest and most iconic animals, including moose, bison, bears, elk, deer, caribou and musk oxen. Many small mammals and birds of prey are also at home here in the center’s spacious habitats.

Next, depart for Alyeska Resort, a popular ski and year-round destination located in the town of Girdwood at the base of Mt. Alyeska. Enjoy a buffet lunch of Alaska-inspired delicacies such as beer battered halibut, grilled Alaskan game sliders, smoked salmon niçoise and mini blueberry crumble tarts. 

Then take advantage of free time to ride the aerial tram called the Glacier Express. This high-speed tram will whisk you to dizzying heights of 2,300 feet above the valley floor for a chance to witness astounding views of Turnagain Arm and the surrounding landscape. Truly, Alaska in all its wilderness majesty.

From the resort, a transfer along the Scenic Byway returns you to Whittier, where you may embark your Crystal ship or remain in town to explore on your own.

Important Notes:

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. The order of sights visited may vary. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.