experiences

2 1/2 Days in Alaska: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Finding Souvenirs

By  | 

The next morning I decided to skip the Sealife center since I’d been able to see so much the day before on the Alaska Saltwater Lodge whale watching and Harding Glacier Tour and instead spent two pleasant hours on my balcony at the Holiday Inn Express Seward with my coffee and free breakfast.

Free breakfast at the holiday inn express seward

One of the first things I noticed was the bald eagle just casually flying around. It was landing on various poles not that far from me and it was pleasantly surreal to have a wild bald eagle hanging out while I ate breakfast. The second thing I noticed what that they have “real” seagulls in Alaska. Anywhere else I’d have been mobbed by curious birds wanting to know what I was having for breakfast, but here they were busy catching their own food in the water!

eagle observing at the holiday inn express seward

I got back on the road around 10:30 and made a stop at the Wildlife Conservation Center near Portage. It was $10 admittance and offered the opportunity to either drive around the small park or walk past all the enclosures to get closer to the animals. Even with my wildlife spotting two days before, it was really cool to get several yards away from musk ox, bears, caribou, and the most adorable, stupid looking buffalo calves.

brown bear at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

reindeer at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

The Wildlife Conservation Center had an extensive gift shop but I decided to save money and suitcase space and stop at Walmart on the way back. Walmart doesn’t have artisan gifts, but if you’re looking for tshirts, koozies, smoked salmon, and other typical touristy items, they have some of the best prices.

I killed time there for awhile and then headed back to the airport really early. That’s one of the downsides to an afternoon flight if you’re not coming from that immediate vicinity, it’s tough to gauge how much time you’ll need in case of traffic.

I had some Alaskan King Crab Nuggets at Humpy’s Alehouse near my gate and was sorely disappointed. The beer is decent, just don’t expect good seafood in the airport.

More from this trip:

Cancelled Flights and Driving to Denali in a Rush
Denali National Park Tundra Wilderness Tour Bus
Harding Glacier and Whale Watching in Seward
Best Balcony Ever at the Holiday Inn Express Seward

—————–

Did you know you can subscribe to Heels First via RSS Feed or now via e-mail subscription to keep up on new posts?

You can also follow our twitter feed (and say hi!) and like our fan page on Facebook.

Heels First is the travels and tribulations of two twenty-something frequent fliers jumping into the world of travel. Join Keri and Jeanne as they tackle mileage runs, elite status, and of course–the perfect travel accessories.

Full Disclosure: I may receive affiliate credit from links in this post or on this site which will help fund my travels. Thank you for your support!

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

Living for the little (and big things) that make life so fun, especially mistake deals and crazy last minute weekend mileage runs across the world. www.twitter.com/klatravel

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

BoardingArea