Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska with just over 260,000 residents. Surrounded by the beauty of six mountain ranges, the Chugach National Forest and miles of trails to explore, there is plenty of adventure just minutes for your door. Visitors and locals thrive on the abundance of wilderness experiences, rich Native culture, interpretive historic monuments, locally made art and variety of cuisine found in Anchorage.
As our Mayor Mark Begich likes to say, "This is the only city where you can land a 40-pound King salmon downtown, and then walk three blocks to attend a Broadway play - still in your hip waders."
We invite you to come explore Anchorage!
Anchorage Day Tours (8+ Hours)
If you have a free day in Anchorage, consider some of these great Alaska experiences.
Prince William Sound - Whittier
Get away for the day and explore pristine Prince William Sound on a glacier cruise. Tour includes transportation to and from Whittier in addition to the glacier cruise, which includes lunch.
Kenai Fjords National Park - Seward
Enjoy a scenic ride by coach or rail to Seward. Then board our National Park Tour and cruise the blue green waters teeming with wildlife and spectacular natural beauty. View a tidewater glacier up close. Return to Anchorage in the evening. What a day!
Anchorage Attractions (Less than 3 hours)
Alaska Native Heritage Center
The Alaska Native Heritage Center is Alaska's premier interactive cultural experience and the only place in Alaska where you will come face to face with all of Alaska's native cultures. You'll see performances by authentic Native dance groups or hear stories shared by village elders. The Hall of Cultures features traditional and contemporary Native lifestyles and Alaska Native artists sharing centuries old crafts with you. The 2007 theme is "Living from the Land and Sea" which highlights how Native people survive on a daily basis by gathering their food and securing their shelter while living a subsitence lifestyle.
Summer Hours: Daily 9:00am - 5:00pm
Adult Pricing: $23.50
Child 7 -16 Pricing: $15.95 (children under 6 free)
Seavey's Wildride Sled Dog Show
Want to see Iditarod champion sled dogs in action? Iditarod and Junior Iditarod mushers will present the history of sled dog transport, gear and sport in an action-packed, entertaining show as these incredible athletes are put to the test in a series of competitions that include speed, strength and teamwork through directional commands from their musher. Shows are daily at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Call 907-561-6874 for more information. Located at Ship Creek.
Come cheer on your favorite musher and which one of these phrases will "stick".
Alaska - Where Men are Men, and Women win the Iditarod!
Alaska - Where Men are still Men!
The Bear and Raven Adventure Theater
Learn about "The Amazing Trail" in a state of the art surround-sense theater as the story of the Last Great Race - the Iditarod unfolds through historic footage and narration about the serum-run, highlights the race to Nome in 1925 to save this remote Native village from the tolls of diptheria epidemic. Try out the Hands-On Movie Experience by testing your mushing commands behind a team of Alaska sled dogs, take a balloon ride over Prince William Sound, reel in a king salmon or try one of the other virtual sports. Fun for the whole family! Shows are daily on the half hour. Call 907-277-4545 for more information. Located at 315 E Street, Anchorage AK.
Bear Viewing Flightseeing Tour
Two unforgettable Alaska experiences on one tour. Enjoy majestic Alaska scenery from the air and see brown bears in their natural habitat. Glaciers, active volcanoes, and brown bear feasting on wild salmon are on the tour agenda. There are several tours to choose from to fit into any vacation schedule.
Call us today at 1-877-777-2805 to hear more about these tours and make a reservation.
The Alaska Zoo exhibits year-round and also provides homes for arctic and sub-arctic wildlife as well as some exotic animals. There is a free shuttle from most major hotels. Check out the Zoo
Anchorage has an incredible greenbelt and trail system right in the heart of town. You may even see a moose or two! A great way to explore these trails is by bicycle. A convenient bicycle rental shop is on the corner of 5th and L St., at the Copper Whale Inn. Access to the famous Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is right down the hill. Call the inn for rental information at (907)258-7999. Or you can rent them at Downtown Bicycle Rentals, located downtown on 4th Ave.
Since Anchorage is the economic center of Alaska, you can find anything you need here as well as some great Alaskan souvenirs, art and keepsakes.
Anchorage boasts four major malls. The most centrally located mall for visitors staying downtown is the Fifth Avenue Mall which features Nordstroms, JC Penny, Banana Republic, The Body Shop, The Walking Store and many more retailers.
Gifts and Souvenirs
There are many gift shops easily accessible from downtown hotels to get all your Alaska souvenirs and gifts. Check out this list of souvenir and gift shops from the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Authentic Native Arts and Crafts
An excellent place to purchase authentic Alaska Native art and crafts is at the Alaska Native Medical Center gift shop. Proceeds go directly to each individual artist.
Two other great shops which you can be assured carry authentic pieces are at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art gift shop and at the Alaska Native Heritage Center gift shop.
Anchorage Culture and Heritage
There are a number of places where you can learn about Anchorage's history and culture.
Anchorage Museum of History and Art
This museum has a comprehensive collection of artifacts and pieces documenting the history of Alaska from the end of the Ice Ages to the present.
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Mentioned above, this is a singular place to learn about Alaska Native culture and the only place in Alaska where you will come face to face with all of Alaska's native cultures.
Anchorage on a Shoestring - Free Things to Do
There many things that you can do to enjoy Anchorage that don't cost anything at all.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Named after a former Anchorage mayor and Alaska governor, the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail hugs the Anchorage shoreline and provides great views of Cook Inlet, and on a good day, Denali. Take a walk or rent a bicycle and go. Access from downtown is at the northern end of 2nd Avenue, or at the western end of 5th Avenue.
Hike Flattop Mountain
Flattop Mountain is the most climbed mountain in Alaska and offers dramatic views of Anchorage, Cook Inlet, and the Chugach Mountain range. Access info is available from this Alaska Trail Information Website
Take a Drive Along the Spectacular Turnagain Arm
Watch the rocky cliffs to see Dall Sheep. The tides in this area change up to 27' in 12 hours, revealing a muddy quicksand-like beach at low tide. Continue this breathtaking journey through the Portage Valley and over Turnagain pass to Seward. Keep a sharp look out for moose, mountain goats and black bears this time of year!
Wild Salmon on Parade
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Every year Alaskan artists participate in this outdoor art exhibit to the benefit of visitors and locals alike. These artist design a salmon sculpture and all are displayed around the downtown area. The pieces are auctioned at the end of the season as a fundraiser for local charities. Get a map of their locations and a preview at the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau website.