The group walk to the Anchorage museum and back to the hotel is approximately a half mile each way. Coach ride from Anchorage to Seward is 125 miles, approximately 2 1/2 hours with a stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.
Breakfast buffet at hotel.
We will walk to the Anchorage Museum for a docent-led visit followed by time for self-guided exploration. Enjoy the large variety of exhibits that explain pre-historic, historic and present Anchorage and Alaska. A main exhibition contains over 600 objects from the Smithsonian collections and is one of the finest presentations of Alaskan history and ethnology in the state. Full-scale and miniature dioramas provide a look at the early lifestyles of Alaska’s native peoples. Exhibits also cover the exploration and settlement by the Russians, the gold rush era, World War II and statehood. Our Road Scholar group leaders will provide a time and place to meet for boarding our motor coach for the drive along Turnagain Arm to Seward. South of Anchorage, the Seward Highway hugs the dramatic shorelines of Turnagain Arm; one of the world's great drives, ranking right up there with Italy's Amalfi Drive. This route is one of 15 roads in the U.S. that have been designated as an "All-American Road." Here explorer Captain Cook searched for the Northwest Passage. Local lore has it that the arm is so named because Cook entered it repeatedly, only to be forced to turn back. Driving along Turnagain Arm, watch for beluga whales, which are frequent visitors to the arm as they patrol the muddy waters in search of salmon and hooligan, a variety of smelt.
Boxed lunch aboard the motor coach includes sandwich, fruit, cookie and beverage.
We will stop at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where we will see and learn about an array of Alaskan animals including musk ox, brown bear, moose and wood bison. The center provides care for rescued and displaced Alaskan animals. We'll arrive in Seward late in the afternoon and check into the Windsong Lodge.
At the Windsong Lodge in our private meeting space, enjoy a catered meal, including coffee, tea, water; other beverages are available for purchase.
At your leisure, and to prepare for embarkation tomorrow.