There’s nothing like coming into an unfamiliar city and having a local friend who can take you around—showing you the best highlights, while also being able to intuit what else you’d like to see or do. That's the kind of tour experience that husband-and-wife team Susan and John Fouse have created with 907 Tours: a professional, but also personalized—and downright personable—day trips to Turnagain Arm, Matanuska Glacier, the Iditarod Headquarters and more.
Susan says people often call and say, “I’ve got some time—what can I do today?” She and John—who claims to be one of the few people who has actually seen Russia from Alaska—just want their guests to come away from a tour having caught a bit of their infectious love for Alaska.
The couple has lived here since the 1970s, and Susan spent years working as a guide in the tourism industry (including Princess and Holland America). They both know the territory well—and also know what people like (and don’t like) when touring. The fact that they’re both longtime locals, and not seasonal workers, gives them authenticity. And often, she says, a good tour comes down to letting her guests set the tone as much as possible—whether that’s taking a few extra minutes to watch the bears at the Conservation Center or take in the scenery
You’ll ride in one of the two vans (with a maximum of 11 per tour), which have captain’s seats for each rider, as well as an in-vehicle audio system so you can clearly hear the narration. The Fouses named their first van the Vanna White—and when they needed to add a second, a 2012 Sprinter, they realized that the logical name for that was the Pat (as in Sajak).
Tours range from 3 to 8 hours. The Fouses are committed to taking guests to restaurants with fresh, healthy options. Susan is a vegetarian, so is empathetic with other people’s dietary needs.
907 Tours offers tours that go both north and south from Anchorage; you can be picked up at any downtown or mid-town Anchorage hotel. Here are the tours you can choose from:
Southbound Tours—Seward Highway
The centerpiece of these trips is a ride along Cook Inlet’s scenic Turnagain Arm.
- Cook’s Turnagain - You’ll ride along the Turnagain Arm to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, home to brown bears, moose, caribou, musk ox, lynx, and wood bison. Then, you’ll sail on the one-hour Portage Glacier Cruise, with plenty of photo stops. 6 hours, $169
- Wildlife Up Close - Ride along the Turnagain Arm, and visit the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. 3-4 hours
North—Glenn to Parks Highway
On this tour, you’ll ride the Parks Highway about 30 miles out of Anchorage and go through Wasilla.
- Northern Trail - You’ll tour the race museum at Iditarod Trail Headquarters, and watch an interesting film there, then take a cart ride pulled by Iditarod dogs. Next, you’ll tour an Iditarod champion's dog kennel. You’ll also do a quick tour of Wasilla. 7 hours
Northeast Tours—Glenn Highway
On these tours, you’ll go through spectacular mountain passes between the Talkeetna and the Chugach mountain ranges.
- Glacier Experience - On this unique, authentic tour, you’ll walk onto the Matanuska Glacier for about two hours. Crampons, helmet and trekking poles provided. Wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes without heels and long pants—you’ll also need sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. 8 hours
- Hatcher Pass Patrol - You’ll take a scenic ride up Hatcher Pass, and then tour the rugged Independence Gold Mine, where brave men and women once lived and worked. You’ll also visit the Musk Ox Farm and Reindeer Farm. 7-8 hours
- City Circle - You’ll visit Ship Creek, where the city began, Earthquake Park - a memorial to the devastating 9.2 quake in 1964 - Point Woronzof, Lake Hood, and you might even see some urban moose. Next, you’ll go down to Potter Marsh and then up the hillside for an aerial view of the town. On a clear day, you might even see Denali. 3 hours,
Very similar to the summer tours, but leaving out some attractions that are closed for the season (like the glacier cruise). Tours start at
For the Iditarod re-start in early March, outside Willow, you can ride right out to the trail on race day, a few miles from the start, to experience the teams mushing just a few feet away. 10 hours, $150.