View the Bore Tide

Rising up to 6 feet tall, the bore tide wave rolls down Turnagain Arm south of town. Formed by the area’s unique geography and extreme tides, the Cook Inlet bore tide has the second-largest tidal range in the world. This natural phenomenon draws plenty of onlookers, and even a few local surfers who can ride the wave for miles. Checking a tide chart will tell visitors the best days and times to catch the wave, and as for where to view it? The bore tide can be seen from almost any point along Turnagain Arm in the hours after low tide. Pick a turnout along the Seward Highway just south of Anchorage for a prime spot. The tide travels at about 10-15 miles per hour so watch it pass by and head to the next point on the road to watch it again! After the wave, stick around for the wildlife-viewing opportunities. About a half-hour after the water begins to rise, beluga whales often can be spotted as they follow the fish up Turnagain Arm.

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