Twilight Photo Tour
Experience the magic of "off" season in Southcentral Alaska. Featuring enchanting autumn and winter scenes along Turnagain Arm, Cook Inlet and Chugach State Park from sunset to sundown, this small group tour travels to a variety of hidden gems in the area and is suitable for photographers and sightseers alike. Photography coaching is provided by a professional photographer guide, along with narrative on natural history and points of interest. A flexible itinerary allows for spontaneous stops to photograph wildlife en route. On certain dates, there is opportunity to shoot moonrise over white-capped peaks of the Chugach Mountains. Enjoy a 10% discount when packaging this tour with Anchorage Aurora Quest, by entering the discount code TPTAAQ when making payment on the the Aurora Quest booking invoice.
You! This is a small group tour for all levels of photographic skills and interest. The tour is tailored to your wishes. Whether it's sightseeing, learning how to use camera manual settings, receiving creative and technical tips, or just wanting a local expert to get you to the right place at the right time. Non-photographers* are welcome to ride along and enjoy the variety of picturesque scenes throughout the golden hours, sunset and twilight.
*Pricing is same for photographers and non-photographers
Sep 1 - Mar 31 | Daily
Duration is 4-hours, with departure 3-hours before sunset. Due to the constantly changing sunset times at this latitude, departures are adjusted in 15-minute increments each week.
Sep 1-7 - 5:45p
Sep 8-14 - 5:30p
Sep 15-21 - 5:00p
Sep 22-28 - 4:45p
Sep 29-Oct 5 - 4:15p
Oct 6-12 - 4:00p
Oct 13-19 - 3:30p
Oct 20-26 - 3:15p
Oct 27-Nov 4 - 3:00p
Nov 5-9 - 1:45p
Nov 10-16 - 1:15p
Nov 17-23 - 1:00p
Nov 24-30 - 1:00p
Dec 1-7 - 12:45p
Dec 8-14 - 12:45p
Dec 15-21 - 12:45p
Dec 22-28 - 12:45p
Dec 29-Jan 4 - 1:00p
Jan 5-11 - 1:15p
Jan 12-18 - 1:30p
Jan 19-25 - 1:45p
Jan 26-Feb 1 - 2:00p
Feb 2-8 - 2:30p
Feb 9-15 - 2:45p
Feb 16-22 - 3:00p
Feb 23-Mar 1 - 3:30p
Mar 2-8 - 3:45p
Mar 9-10 - 4:00p
Mar 11-15 - 5:00p
Mar 16-22 - 5:15p
Mar 23-29 - 5:30p
Mar 30-31 - 5:45p
From Stewart's Photo Shop in the historic city center [or your Anchorage area accommodations] to scenic locations around the Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm and Chugach State Park. Stops may include Earthquake Park, Point Woronzof, Lake Hood, Potter Marsh, McHugh Creek and Glen Alps and Kincaid Park. The itinerary is flexible to accommodate seasonal changes.
You may request pickup and drop-off at your Anchorage area accommodations at time of booking.
All-wheel-drive vehicles with seating for 3, or hightop van for more for groups of 4-10. Driver is your photography guide.
This is a moderate activity that involves walking short distances uphill and downhill on uneven terrain...possibly covered with snow and ice [ice grippers are available]. Weather may range from rain or snow, wind, and sun, and temperatures from 0ºF (-17ºC) to 50ºF (10ºC). Twilight Photo Tour is an all weather tour. Some of the best photo ops happen during snowy, rainy or foggy conditions, and wildlife tends to be more active in cool weather.
- Creative and technical photography instruction is offered by your professional, local guide.
- Natural history narrative en route.
- Tripods and a limited number of ND filters are available for loan.
- Light snacks and water [we strive to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment, so fresh water from a jug along with refillable cups].
- Hot beverage selection including hot cocoa, cider, tea or coffee.
The following gear is recommended, but point-and-shoot and smartphone cameras are also welcome!
- Camera with manual settings
- Lens(es) ranging in focal length from at least 24mm to 200mm
- Fully charged battery (preferably at least 2)
- At least 16GB memory card
- Sturdy Tripod (we have a limited number to loan)
- Remote shutter release or cable shutter release (optional)
Photography equipment rental available at Stewart's Photo Shop
This list is for winter conditions. During autumn, dress appropriate for the weather. When temperatures are expected to be below 10ºF [-12ºC], consider renting Arctic gear [boots, bibs, parka], from 6th Avenue Outfitters.
- Warm and comfortable snow boots with good tread
- Moisture wicking socks
- Moister wicking under layer
- Fleece jacket
- Well insulated and snow proof outer layer [coat and pants]
- Hat, scarf and gloves
Payment is confirmation your acceptance of Alaska Photo Treks Booking Policies and Liability Waiver. Please read carefully.
Attention: By reserving an Alaska Photo Treks service you are agreeing to our Booking Policies and Liability Waiver.
There is a 2- person minimum for this tour. If the minimum is not met, you may be given the option to change your date, buy a second seat, or cancel and refund.