Seward Adventure Details

Seward Vacation Adventure!

Day 1

Land in Anchorage, your chauffeur Dave is there to pick up and to say hello, next a drive down the Turnagain Arm to dine at Chair Five or the Double Musky Inn.

Chair Five was conceived on a rainy night in 1982 and opened January 23, 1983 on Crow Creek Road, following a fire which burned the building to the ground on May 17th, 1987, we moved to our present home (formerly Rosy’s Ice Cream Parlor) in October of ’87 and have been there since. All of their food is prepared to order from scratch using the freshest ingredients available. This takes a little time, so sit back, relax, and enjoy your visit to Chair 5.

Double Musky Inn, we are located in Girdwood, Alaska and we look forward to your visit to our restaurant. Our menu contains classic New Orleans dishes done with Alaska Seafood such as crab meat dressing stuffed halibut served with Creole burre blanc sauce. We also serve shrimp ettoufee, shrimp and sausage jambalaya, Lobster KaBobs, and salmon au poirve, plus other dishes plus our wonderful steaks and a good assortment of appetizers and desserts for your welcome dinner.

Spend first night in Girdwood.

Girdwood is not your average resort town. While it may draw in a large number of visitors every year, largely thanks to Hotel Alyeska, a luxury resort at the base of Mount Alyeska, it is a small, tight-knit community where you can find a range of characters, from ski bums to senators, all with a great love for the outdoors. Just an hour’s drive from Anchorage, or a short ride on the Alaska Railroad, this eclectic town is a favorite stop for visitors and locals.

Originally called “Glacier City” for the icy behemoths that rim the surrounding mountains, it’s no surprise that touring a glacier is so easily accessible. You can go on a guided hike over Alaska’s glaciers and mountain ridges. If you want to strike it rich, you can go on a gold panning tour. Flightsee over glaciers and take in the amazing Prince William Sound. Enjoy the views from a raft or take the wheel with a Jeep or ATV. And if you’re in the mood to mush, you can go dog sledding across a glacier. If you want to see wildlife up close, check out the 140-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center just 11 miles past the Girdwood turnoff.

For many, winter in Girdwood is a non-stop holiday. Skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor enthusiasts revel in the trails and slopes that the town has to offer. However, Girdwood has a number of fairs and festivals that draw in large crowds throughout the rest of the year. And if you’re planning to explore the area on your own, be sure to check out Girdwood’s top trails in summer and winter.

Day 2

Dave will have ready a nice Continental breakfast before your 9:00am start of the day, Pan for gold at Crow Creek Mine.

At Crow Creek Mine we believe that since we are a real gold mine, all of our visitors should get a real experience. All of our History and Mining tours are private so your group can get the attention to detail they deserve while on vacation. Guided trips are generally 2.5 hours, but can be customized to meet your groups needs. Guided Tours work well for functions, birthday parties, boy and girl scouts, family outings, business retreats, school functions, etc…

While you’re away the camper will be tidied up and lunch will be ready on your return from striking it rich.

Then this is a short chauffeured ride to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, it’s a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, public education, and quality animal care. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center. Come be a part of these exciting programs and watch these animals display their natural, “wild”, behavior. Coyotes peer out from behind the brush while a bald eagle swoops in on the salmon remains left by a grizzly bear. Wood Bison plod through 65 acres of tidal flat terrain, as part of a program that will one day restore the species to the Alaskan wilderness.

Day 3

Hot breakfast not yet famous, made by Dave, before boarding your Portage Glacier Tour at 10:30, Noon, 1:30 or 3:00 so go ahead sleep in take your time.

Portage Glacier is one of Alaska’s most visited attractions due to its close proximity to Anchorage. It is a little over an hour drive to visit from the city. The closest town to Portage Glacier is Whittier, a popular cruise ship destination, which was established as a US military base during World War II. The town and the glacier, four miles apart, are found on the Turnagain Arm of the Kenai Peninsula. Girdwood is the closest town offering accommodations and tourist services.

The Alton Anderson Memorial Tunnel connects Whittier and Portage Glacier to the rest of the Alaska civilization. This tunnel, also known as the Whittier Tunnel or the Portage Tunnel was the longest constructed tunnel in North America before the “Big Dig” tunnel in Boston was completed.

The Portage glacier was named by the scientist Thomas Mendenhall in 1889, while serving as the superintendent of the US Coast and Geodetic Survey who was responsible for establishing the exact border between Alaska and Canada.

The Glacier is part of the Chugiak National Forest, located south of Portage Lake. This lake is being formed by the melting of the glacier which has been retreating substantially for the past fifty years.

Visitors can enjoy Portage Glacier by boat or by hiking a USFS trail. Cruises on Portage Lake to view the glacier occur aboard the MV Ptarmigan, several times a day from mid May to mid September. To get a different view hike the well maintained Portage Pass Trail. The moderately steep 1 mile hike rewards you with a spectacular view of the lake and Portage Glacier as well as western Prince William Sound and Whittier. If you are in reasonable shape it is well worth the relatively short effort. While weather does not always cooperate with your plans, if you happen to come on a sunny day it will be an unforgettable sightseeing experience.

A large amount of Portage Glacier is actually in the waters of Portage Lake extending more than 100 feet deep. You can learn more about the science of the glacier and it’s environs by stopping by the Begich-Boggs Visitor Center. The exhibits are interesting for children and adults. They provide further insight into Portage Glacier and the surrounding region. There is a film about glaciers shown hourly.

While you are gone on the cruise the inside of camper was wiped down, and vacuumed.

Relax while your chauffeured to Kenai Riverside Campground. BBQ and Campfire will end your day.

Day 4

Have a continental breakfast before starting your day!

Kenai Canyon Raft Trip

For those seeking a bit of adventure, join us for a fun-filled seven-hour day of exploration into unspoiled Alaska wilderness that most travelers never see. Start with a scenic float searching for moose, bald eagles and salmon, then ride the Class II+ spirited rapids through the Kenai Canyon. End with a cruise along the wild and scenic shore of a glacier-carved lake in the heart of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Highlights:

  • Our most popular trip for over 30 years
  • Majestic wilderness scenery Wildlife sighting opportunities
  • Picnic lunch Exciting and spirited Class II+ rapids
  • Maximum of six people per raft
  • Raingear and rubber boots provided –

While you where gone, motor home was cleaned, vacuumed and all bed linen’s changed.

Campfire, BBQ and a little R&R awaits your return.

Day 5

Continental Breakfast and a Chauffeured drive to Seward for

Seavey Sled Dogs 6hr. Wilderness Dog Sled Tour with lunch.

The Real Alaska Tour starts at the Seward train station at 11:30am. It includes the Dog Sled Ride and Tour, then continues from there to lunch at the Resurrection Roadhouse, then you go out to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park where you go for a short walk right to the face of the glacier, then out to Bear Creek Weir to see the salmon spawning and jumping up a little waterfall, then head into Seward for a short town tour before returning to your hotel/train/ship. The whole tour is guided by a gentleman who’s lived here in Seward for 27 years, and he tells stories about living in Alaska, and life in Seward.

While you are on this journey laundry is done for you.

Visit with the town of Seward, Dinner either on the grill next the campfire or in town.

Day 6

Continental breakfast before the start of,

Major Marine Tour 7,1/2 hours, Boarding at 8:30am

Thrilling full-day cruises travel to Kenai Fjords National Park where wildlife is abundant and tidewater glaciers are massive. Additionally we’ll visit the Chiswell Islands or Cape Resurrection, as we take you to the most significant wildlife viewing opportunities of the day. You’ll often witness calving from a close proximitry, calving is a process by which glaciers shed giant blocks and slabs of ancient ice. These cruises also offer you the best opportunity for whale watching in Alaska. With photo opportunities galore, your cruise will be unforgettable.

The Major Marine Tours Signature Advantage:

  • National Park Ranger on every cruise.
  • Fun and educational Junior Ranger Program available.
  • Delicious Alaska salmon and prime rib feast served buffet style.
  • Guaranteed reserved seating in a heated cabin for every guest.
  • Large, stable vessels with multiple viewing decks and fog-free windows.
  • Complimentary use of binoculars while onboard.
  • See more wildlife with our “cruising

Campfire and a little R&R awaits your return.

Day 7

Real Breakfast, should be famous by now! Head back to Anchorage, stop along the way for lunch, to Alyeska for tram ride if your time permits.

The Alyeska Aerial Tram is a three-to-seven minute scenic ride from The Hotel Alyeska to 2,300 ft in elevation and the top of Mt. Alyeska. From the Tram, you can see miles in all directions – including views of the Turnagain Arm, up to seven “hanging” glaciers and endless peaks deep into the Chugach Mountain range. Don’t forget to look down! In the summer months, moose and bear sightings are common, too.

At the Upper Tram Terminal, there is an observation deck providing even more breath-taking panoramic views of majestic mountains, hanging glaciers, sparkling streams, towering spruce, and an array of wildlife. Conde Nast Traveler rated Alyeska ~ “Best view of any U.S. ski resort.” The observation deck is a perfect place to enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch or beautiful evening sunset. Telescopes are also available along the deck. In the summer months, you can also enjoy exploring, berry picking, paragliding, and even hike on a glacier.

Bring you back to Ancorage Ted Stevens Internation Airport.

As these are pre planned tours no arrivals or departures at airport between 12:00am and 4:00am can be accommodated, and require a $2500 non refundable deposit. Some activities may be changed or price altered do to availability at time of deposit, you will be notified.

  • Alaska’s Fresh Tracks is not responsible for missed appointments.
  • This itinerary may be altered do to other agents availabilities and inclement weather such as but not limited to bad sea’s.
  • Alaska activities run in all weather situations bring proper clothing.
  • Alcohol and gratuities not included.

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