Whittier to Anchorage Bus Tour – Full Day includes all popular attractions and lunch to keep you entertained for the day.
Pick up directly at the Whittier cruise ship terminal. Go through the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel. Stop at the Portage Glacier Visitor Center with amazing glaciers surrounding a beautiful lake. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center visit to see Bears, Moose, Caribou, Bison, Musk-Oxen. Turnagain Arm with Beluga Whales and Dall Sheep (drive by). Majestic Mt. Alyeska with aerial tram and a view of seven glaciers. Viewing of wild salmon, sheep, birds, and beluga whales (drive by). Tour of Alaska’s metropolis in the middle of wilderness – Anchorage with a visit to Lake Hood, Ship Creek, and drop off at any location in town. Basic lunch is included in the price.
Whittier to Anchorage All Day Bus Tour will pick you up directly at the ship, inside the terminal where you pick up your luggage. We will drop you off anywhere in Anchorage (hotels, car rentals or airport).
|Bus Tour Departs: Whittier cruise ship terminal|
Bus Tour Arrives: Anchorage Airport or hotels
BUS DEPARTURE TIME
|Please arrive by 8:30 AM for a prompt departure at 8:45 am.|
This tour operates on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays when a cruise ship is in port.
Will I be able to get off the ship on time to make your departure? Please check our Frequently Asked Questions for answer to this question.
BUS ARRIVAL TIME
|Bus arrives Anchorage airport 4:30PM|
Bus drops off at Anchorage hotels till about 5:15PM
|Comfortable layered clothing, walking shoes.|
|During this wonderful Whittier to Anchorage Full Day Bus Tour you will see all of the following:|
Whittier to Anchorage Bus Tour – Full Day Detailed Description
Disembark your cruise ship and board the bus. Start your adventure with a short glance at World War II relic which is what Whittier looks like with abandoned war buildings. Then pass through the 2.5-mile-long Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel to leave Whittier, which is the largest highway tunnel in North America. Continue on the Whittier/Portage Glacier Access Road that connects Seward Highway with Whittier. Glaciers from an earlier period carved the steep mountain slopes in this magnificent valley. Explorer Glacier can be seen high on the mountain. A stop will be made at the Begich Boggs Visitor Center to see the glaciology exhibits. You will also have the opportunity to take pictures of glacial ice that has calved into Portage Lake.
Next visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you can view bison, elk, eagles, moose, caribou, and musk oxen in a natural setting. Continue on the highway, view the remains of Portage, a small town ravaged in the 1964 earthquake.
Next stop is at Girdwood at Alyeska Ski Resort. Take a tram up the Alyeska Mountain 2,300 feet to enjoy the spectacular views of seven glaciers, majestic mountains and Turnagain Arm (if weather permits) Eat your lunch (variety of sandwiches, water) on top of the mountain with a breathtaking views. Continuing North on the Seward, Turnagain Arm stretches on the left side of the road, where often you can see Dall sheep at Windy point or beluga whales at Beluga point (drive by). Check out the progress of salmon fisherman below the bridges along the highway. Just south of Anchorage, the road borders Potter Marsh, a portion of the Anchorage Coastal Waterfowl Refuge.
Arrive to Anchorage – largest city in Alaska. Most visitors that come to Alaska to experience the “true wilderness” tend to overlook Anchorage, but it’s well worth spending some time here experiencing the only big-city taste that the state has to offer. Take a glance of the original tent city that started in the Ship Creek area and now also occupied by Alaska Railroad Depot. Take a quick look at the salmon waters and watch the fish running up the stream. Watch the locals trying to catch the salmon. Next drive by the Earthquake Park, which now stands on the land liquefied – swallowing the coast line when the “Good Friday” earthquake rocked Anchorage in March of 1964. The park carries monuments and reader boards with information on the great quake.
Continue on to the stop at Point Woronzof, is a great opportunity to see Cook Inlet and the whole city from the distance. Next you will get to see Lake Hood, which is the largest and busiest floatplane base in the world. Lake Hood is a great place to relax and watch the many landings and takeoffs of floatplanes. Then back to downtown where you get to see a whole downtown area. While enjoying the ride make sure to notice Anchorage’s famous flowers and great shopping areas! We will drop off anywhere in Anchorage after the tour ends.
This Whittier to Anchorage All Day Bus Tour is a shared transfer service in our most comfortable coaches with tinted windows, easy step up (unlike full-size vans that other transfer companies use, you don’t have to bend over or hit your head climbing in and out), air conditioner/heater, large picture-view windows, full size individual bus seats (unlike vans that other transfer companies use, you will have a private seat for yourself and will not be holding somebody else’s bag), DVD player, full narration.
This tour is fully narrated by our wonderful driver Tim, who is also a full time dog musher in the winter time. He and his wife have a dog team that they personally train and support year around. Visit his Facebook page to learn more. Our company is a proud supporter of his team and hope he is able to run in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race some day!
About Whittier, Alaska
If one one the Whittier cruises your final destination you might find following facts interesting. Whittier is Anchorage’s portal to Prince William Sound. Although Anchorage itself in on Upper Cook Inlet, the highest tides in the Northern America, muddy, fast-moving water offers no use for boating. Whittier, on the other hand, stands on the edge of a long fjord, whose clear waters are full of salmon orcas, and otters. Surrounded by mountains dripping with glaciers which are beautiful when the sun is shining, they also trap storms over the town and as a result 15 feet of rain and 20 feet of snow a year is average. Most of town’s 250 residents live in one 14-story structure, which certainly cuts down on snow-shoveling time.
In the past, the only way to get to from Anchorage to Whittier cruises was by riding through the mountain by train. Now the railway tunnel is paved creating North America’s longest highway tunnel and providing opportunities for buses, shuttles, and motorcoaches to take you to Anchorage. Whittier to Anchorage All Day Bus Tour offers shuttles and tours.
There are lots of exciting things to do in Whittier or Seward transportation such as hiking, fishing for salmon, trout, red snapper, photography, hunting for bear and birds, wildlife viewing, and much more right here in Whittier, Alaska!
This service is available only on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Any other days only private transfers, call directly for rates.
Our tour/transfer is directly coordinated with the cruise line schedule and place. We will meet you when you are able to get off the ship, will take care of your luggage, and drop off at most locations in Anchorage.
Departing Cruise ship terminal at 8:45AM
Arriving Anchorage Airport 4:30PM
Dropping off at Anchorage hotels till about 5:15PM
All ships dock at Whittier port overnight 12:00AM and start disembarkation at 7:00AM the same morning.