Alaska, Anchorage

Bore Tide Viewing

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Bore Tide Viewing is a unique and exhilarating experience that can be enjoyed along the Turnagain Arm just outside of Anchorage. The Turnagain Arm is known for having some of the largest tidal fluctuations in the world, creating powerful tidal surges known as bore tides. These tidal waves can reach heights of up to 6 feet and travel at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour, creating a thrilling spectacle for onlookers.

To witness the awe-inspiring bore tide phenomenon, you can head to various viewpoints along the Seward Highway, which runs parallel to the Turnagain Arm. Popular spots include Beluga Point, Bird Point, and Girdwood. It is recommended to check the tide charts in advance (see the links section) to ensure optimal viewing times, as the bore tides occur at different times each day.

As the bore tide approaches, the calm waters of the Turnagain Arm suddenly transform into a rushing wall of water. It is a mesmerizing sight to see the powerful force of nature as the tide surges past, often accompanied by the sounds of crashing waves and swirling currents. Wildlife enthusiasts may also have the opportunity to spot beluga whales, seals, and other marine creatures that are attracted to the abundant food sources brought in by the bore tide.