Today, after breakfast you’ll board your coach for adventures in and outside of Anchorage! You will start at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, an educational and cultural center that presents demonstrations, indoor exhibits and outdoor village sites of Alaska Native culture. Here you’ll be introduced to Native traditions and customs of both the past and present. Alaska is home to five major and distinct Native cultural groups: Aleut, Yupik, Inupiaq, Athabascan, and Tlingit.
The Welcome House is a celebration of contemporary Alaska Native cultures, while the outdoor facilities and sites allow the exploration of ancient tradition and the presentation of stories from the past.
Next, you’ll take in some highlights of Anchorage as you go by Lake Hood, the largest floatplane airport in the world, before being dropped off at Earthquake Park, where you’ll make your way to the Coastal Trail for a short walk out to the scenic overlook of the city. You’ll hear stories about the founding and history of Anchorage: from a tent city construction camp for the Alaska Railroad to the WWII military build up to the 1964 earthquake, to oil discovery and present-day Anchorage.
After taking in the wonderful views, your coach will meet you at the scenic overlook and will take you for a scenic drive through the Anchorage Hillside and then along Turnagain Arm where the Chugach Mountains dramatically rise directly out of the sea. Keep your eyes on the lookout for Dall sheep and sometimes visitors are lucky enough to see a Beluga whale swimming just off shore.
You’ll continue through the Chugach National Forest to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for up-close visits with rescued wildlife such as bears, moose, caribou, owls, eagles, and more. You’ll have time to visit the gift shop that helps support the Wildlife Conservation Center—100% of the proceeds go back to the center.
After enjoying your time at the Alaska Wildlife Conversation Center, you will board your coach for Anchorage and your hotel.
You’ll then return to your hotel to relax and freshen up for the evening. Tonight you’ll get an opportunity to meet and hear a fun and inspiring presentation by the Yukon Quest International Dog Mushing champion and Iditarod Race dog musher, Aliy Zirkle. Aliy will tell remarkable stories about life on the trail with her canine team and show amazing photos of the remote terrain she’s traveled through.
After this inspiring presentation, you can choose a restaurant for dinner on your own.
Included Meals: B/L/-