Anchorage's Top 20
Collected by Dawn Reiss , AFAR Contributor
9401 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502, USA
The 18-kilometer Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is one of the state's most popular thanks to its scenic views. The trail begins in downtown Anchorage at the west end of Second Avenue and hugs the shoreline past Elderberry Park and Westchester Lagoon,...
29847 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664, USA
Just outside Anchorage, the 5.4-million-acre Chugach National Forest is set in the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula and covers more land than some states. Because of its breadth and size, the federal park system has divided it into three main...
625 C St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
Though the Anchorage Museum has a hyperlocal focus on Alaska, the curators understand that, thanks to climate change and the Arctic (not to mention reality TV), the rest of the world is also very focused on the state. A recent expansion and...
4731 O'Malley Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507, USA
This small zoo offers a close-up look at some of Alaska’s most famous wildlife including a pair of polar bears named Ahpun and Lyutyik. You’ll also see musk oxen, a snow leopard, harbor seals, moose, brown and black bears, mountain goats and river...
420 M St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
Learn about Anchorage’s early history as a “tent city” when you explore one of the city’s oldest homes. Located in Elderberry Park, the home belonged to Swedish immigrant and businessman Oscar Anderson, who moved from Seattle to the muddy banks of...
8800 Heritage Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99504, USA
This educational and cultural center offers a variety of song, dance and artistic demonstrations that celebrate Alaska’s 11 main nations: Aleut, Alutiiq, Athabascan, Eyak, Haida, Inupiaq/St. Lawrence Island Yupik, Tlingit, Tsimshian and Yup’ik/Cup...
Milepost90 Seward Hwy # 8, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
First opened to the public in 1993, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center spans 81 hectares (200 acres) on the shores of Turnagain Arm and is home to bears, wood bison, coyotes, eagles, moose and musk ox among other native species. The center...
Blueberry Loop Trail, Anchorage, AK 99516, USA
This popular hiking trail offers the best views of Anchorage, as well as panoramic views of Denali, Mt. Spurr and Mt. Foraker. Start at the Glen Alps Trailhead within Chugach State Park. The 2.7-kilometer trail starts in a small grove and then...
1500 Byron Glacier Trail, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
From mid-May through mid-September, you can take a cruise on Portage Lake, about 45 minutes south of Anchorage, and see the massive Portage Glacier on the Turnagain Arm of the Kenai Peninsula in the Chugach National Forest. Spend an hour touring...
411 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
This year-round train connects Anchorage and Fairbanks to other cities in Alaska and offers amazing scenery from the comfort of a reclining seat. One of the more popular routes is the Glacier Discovery Train which takes in Turnagain Arm’s...
101 Billings St, Whittier, AK 99693, USA
This large body of water spans some 52,000 square kilometers with countless fjords and spectacular views of nearby mountains and glaciers. More than 150 glaciers can be found here, including some 17 tidal glaciers known for their huge ice chunks...
Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99516, USA
Located at the southern end of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, the 540-acre Potter Marsh offers easy access to nature, with a 460-meter-long wheelchair-accessible wooden boardwalk. The marsh formed after the construction of an embankment to...
Nearly 40 glaciers flow from lofty peaks down to the sea here, blanketing half the park in ice. But the rugged terrain isn’t the only draw. Orca whales and sea otters often cavort alongside the dayboats (far and away the best way to explore Kenai...
211 W Ship Creek Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
Learn about traditional ulu (pronounced oo-loo) knives and see them made through the gift shop windows at this factory in Anchorage. The all-purpose knife has been used by Native Alaskans for more than 3,000 years to skin seals, prepare muktuk (a...
Old Glenn Hwy, Chugiak, AK 99567, USA
Located in Chugach State Park, this trail which is just under two kilometers goes uphill to a viewing deck overlooking the 60-meter Thunderbird Falls and Eklutna Canyon. This is a relatively easy hike. Though some might find the uphill climb...
4721 Aircraft Dr, Anchorage, AK 99502, USA
This hidden gem offers a wide array of planes that bring Alaska's aviation history and its bush pilots to life. Planes include an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737, 1931 Fairchild American Pilgrim, 1929 Travel Air 6000 and a Douglas World Cruiser, a...
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