When you book with “907” you tour with a friend.
We discovered our true calling in 2009 when 907 Tours opened up the van door for the first time. We absolutely love what we do and invite you to share in the places we would take our families and close friends. Here is what we would plan for them.
Both in the summer and in the winter, the very first thing we would do is drive the Seward Highway down the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet which is one of the most beautiful places on earth. This claim is not only from us, but also from many of our well-travelled guests. Of course we stop in the most picturesque places for photos and do our best to stop if we see Dall sheep and Beluga whales.
SOUTHBOUND SUMMER TOURS
Once down the Turnagain Arm, we would check out the wildlife. Every one is delighted by at least one of the animals at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. In summer, baby musk ox, bison, caribou, and moose warm the heart of even the toughest of men, one of your guides, John Fouse. Sometimes you can miss seeing animals in the wild, or just catch a fleeting glimpse of them. At AWCC you will have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy watching brown bear, black bear, moose, wood bison, musk ox, elk, caribou, lynx, an eagle, great horned owl, and even a porcupine, in a natural setting. We drive through the center or you can get out, stretch your legs and walk. We usually do a combination of both. Since we visit often, we are privileged to be on a first name basis with some of our furry friends and we share their stories with you. This is where you will definitely see our Alaska Wildlife.
Then we would drive down Portage Valley to the Portage Glacier. In the summer, we take you out on Portage Lake on a one-hour boat trip aboard the MV Ptarmigan, named after our Alaska State bird. The vessel was built especially for the lake and, the ride, even in inclement weather, is smooth. No need to worry about getting sea-sick here. Since we are in the Chugach National Forest, the second largest in the country, a National Park Service Ranger comes on board to explain the local eco-systems and glaciology. Can you believe that the mountains here were pushed up all the way from Oregon?
On the way down the valley, we make a photo stops at our favorite lake and, when the salmon are running, we stop to watch them. The salmon spawn in clear water in the same place where they were born in order to start their life cycle all over again. They come back from the ocean after four to six years depending on the species. When the salmon are at their highest numbers, Beluga whale chase them to feed in the Turnagain Arm. Depending on the whim of the whales, we might see them late July through mid-August.
Next, we would encourage you to go with us to Mt. Alyeska in Girdwood to ride the tram up to 2234 feet. It’s the same one the skiers use in the winter to ride the many double black diamond runs the mountain offers. On the ride up we have the opportunity to view seven glaciers, some kettle ponds, the Turnagain Arm and the town of Girdwood and to visit the Round House Museum cronicalling the skiing and gold mining history of the area. If you are not ok with height and others are, there is the warmth of the Alyeska Prince Hotel where you could do a little shopping, grab one of your favorite coffee drinks or just sit near one of the outdoor fire pits taking in the local flowers and greenery.
NORTHBOUND SUMMER TOURS
One place we would not miss is the Matanuska Glacier, the largest glacier accessible by road. Your experience on this tour is once-in-a-lifetime and completely unique. It is your chance to walk deep onto a glacier and learn about them first-hand. We use only professional guides who outfit you with flexible crampons, helmet, and trekking pole then take you out onto the ice for 2.5 to 3 hours. You’ll learn about the movement of glaciers and actually see moulins, seracs, moraine, crevasses, glacier tables and other formations. You might even hear a crack or a moan it as it moves ever so slowly under your feet. The glacier is constantly changing and its like walking on another world. The purity and wonder of being on the glacier can only be experienced, not explained in words.
Since we like dogs and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, we would drive you to the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla to learn about The Last Great Race on Earth®. There you will see a movie about the realities of competing in deepest Alaskan wilderness. The race crosses the Alaska Range where Mt. McKinley, Denali to Alaskans, is located, it then goes west toward the center of the state, along the Yukon River, and finally to Norton Sound and the ice of the western coast of Alaska. As many times as I’ve seen the movie, I’m still riveted. After you get the idea of the race, you may choose to go on an optional cart ride pulled by genuine Iditarod dogs. We used to live in Wasilla, so we will share the local sites and lore.
After the Iditarod, we continue on to a four-time Iditarod champion’s sled dog kennels where you learn about the Alaska State Sport of dog mushing. You also see an incredible movie about the Iditarod from the mushers perspective, hear first had accounts of being out on the trail and then.....puppies!
Another place we enjoy taking you is Hatcher Pass. In both summer and winter the view is of a never-ending vista. On the way up we stop at the Little Susitna River. The clean fresh rushing water inspires peace and we just want to stay all day to soak it in. But the Talkeetna Mountains are calling. Near the top we stop for the classic photo where the landscape narrows into a “V”. Farther up we visit the abandoned Independence gold mine. Many of the buildings are still in tact. Walking around, you can almost hear the miners as they went through the routine of their day. Imagine how they lived in the early 1940’s working in cold, wet conditions, climbing hundreds of stairs every day to get to work. Walk up to one of the adits to view the remnants of the rail system and the mine operation from above. The weather up top can be just as interesting to observe as the scenery. On the way back , we drive through historic Palmer, the seat of government for the Matanuska-Susitna borough. It originated in the 1930’s when the agriculture of the area was being established. Palmer was the “company town” for the groceries and supplies needed for the colonists, the farmers who were brought up from the northern states of Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin by the U.S. government to increase the population of Alaska and begin the farming.
On our Anchorage Day Tour, the City Circle, you learn about the city’s start, the Great Earthquake of 1964, the start of the Iditarod, the importance of Anchorage to all of Alaska, Cook Inlet, Potter Marsh, “Hillside” and the U-Med District. Who knows, you might even get lucky and see one of our numerous moose along the way!