Alaska’s most populous and popular city, Anchorage is a major tourist destination in the state. There is a good number of attractions and some great things to do in Anchorage which will assure you a memorable holiday. Still wondering what activities you can indulge in, on your trip to Anchorage, then go through this list of incredible things to do in Anchorage.
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Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, AK 99587
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This beautiful glacier, lake and valley is one Alaska’s most visited tourist attractions. Once it used to cover the entire valley; now only a number of remnant glaciers remain. These are the Explorer, Middle, Byron, Burns, and Shakespeare glaciers.
It is located about an hour’s drive from Anchorage. The glacier is at the southeast end of the lake; you will be approaching from the north east, past the extant village of Portage. The access road will take you to Boggs Visitor Center. There are two ways to get to the glacier - by an hour long lake cruise, or by hiking along the lake.
Portage: Not much is left of this ghost town apart from the husks of dead trees. A 1964 earthquake caused the land to drop six feet, flooding the village. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is near the village. It takes care of sick or abandoned wild animals.
Begich Boggs Visitor Center: Though you can no longer see the glacier from the center it is still worth visiting. The telescopes still have some nice views, there is simulated ice cave.
Byron Glacier Trail Head: An easy hike taking you along Byron Creek to views of the Byron Glacier, and upon return, great views of Portage Lake and Valley
Portage Glacier Cafe and Gallery
Trail of Blue Ice: Nice and wide path for hiking and biking with mountains all around but very little elevation gain.
Portage Pass Trail: If instead of stopping at lake, you continue on the Portage Glacier Road, close to Whittier is the Portage Pass Trailhead. The day long hike will take you to an elevation with incredible views of the Portage Glacier.
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524 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
You may as well make this your first tourist stop in the city. This sod-roofed log cabin is the real deal in every way. The building is authentic and as charming and quaint as wilderness buildings can get without actually being in the wild. Still the park is pretty and they have food vendors right outside. But what people love is how easy this center makes touring Anchorage. They have literally every answer to your every question about touring the city and its surroundings. They will answer questions you didn’t know you had to ask. They know about every tour, every tip and trick and every hidden gem. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. They will assist in booking and arranging your hotels, tours and travels too.
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5101 Point Woronzof Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502
06:00 am - 11:00 pm
Before the 1964 earthquake this place used to be known as the Turnagain Heights. The incredible power of the the 9.2 quake sent and entire neighborhood crumbling into the ocean. Nothing could be built upon the unstable clay bluffs any more, so the area was turned into a commemorative park. If you want to see the marks left behind by the quake, go the to the north of the park and look for the sharp break in the land, and the rippled hills. It is a good place to come for a stroll or a cycle. Bring a picnic. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail begins at this park. If you want a playground, head to the nearby Lyn Ary Park.
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Eklutna Lake, Anchorage, AK, USA
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The pristine natural treasures of Lake Eklutna are ridiculously easy to appreciate. All you need is time. The lake is about an hour’s drive north of Anchorage. Its waters are glacier fed. Activities revolve around hiking, ATVs, camping and kayaking. It’s perhaps the most tranquil of all of Anchorage’s attractions.
You may enjoy the lake in the following order of sights to see and things to do:
Eklutna Village Historical Park: Centuries old Athabaskan Indian settlement. The St. Nicholas Church is one of the oldest buildings in the Anchorage area.
Thunderbird Falls:: just after taking the right exit from Glen’s highway into Old Glen’s Highway and right before you enter Eklutna Lake Road, there is a short trail leading to a tremendous waterfall.
Rochelle's Ice Cream Shop: a little over a mile before you reach the parking area of the lake, you’ll find one of the cutest ice-cream parlour you’ll ever see in a blue, yellow and white building.
Visit the Lifetime Adventure Visitor Center: They manage the camping area here. They also provided guided kayak tours, bike tours, bike rentals and kayak rentals.
Camping Area: there are over 50 campsites with latrines, water, picnic tables and fire pits.
Kayaking the lake: Launch your boat from the campground, head out into the middle of the lake. Fish if you feel like it.
Eklutna Lake Trail: You can hike or bike this trail, about 10 miles long, and it takes you closer to the Eklutna Glacier. The last part of the trail goes onto glacial gravel bars and glacial debris, past steep canyons and the Glacier itself. The area is nice for skiiing in the winter.
Hiking the Twin Peaks Trail: Steep trail leading up to a meadow with a grand sight of Twin Peaks and Goat Rock, as well as panoramas of the valley.
Eklutna River East Fork Trail: Narrow and wild trail passing a small lake.
Mt. Eklutna Trail: Start at Peter’s Creek Trail head, the head off onto Mt. Eklutna trail for some terrific panoramas. It’s quite far from the campsite though.
Photograph the wildlife: Dall sheep, mountain goats, and pikas.
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Mile 79 Seward Highway, Portage, AK 99587
08:00 am - 08:00 pm
Close to the ghost town of Portage this famous animal care center is a refuge for sick and orphaned Alaskan wildlife. They also help translocate or reintroduce species, like they did for wood bison and elk. Animals seen at the center include: wolves, foxes, eagles, grizzlies, musk ox, sitka black tailed deer, caribou, lynxes and coyotes. The Behind the scenes tour will take you through some areas not normally open to the public. Try and make sure to catch one of the feeding times.
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Tram Cir, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
09:30 am - 09:30 pm
Mount Alyeska is at an elevation of 2300 feet. That means great views of beautiful Alaskan landscapes at the top. That means you absolutely must take this seven minute tram ride up to the top to the Upper Tram Terminal. The climb is about 2,025 feet. Remember to look down on your way up as it is not uncommon to catch sight wildlife such as bears and deer. Once you’ve reach, seek out the viewing platform. The panorama is ridiculously beautiful - valleys of meadows and spruce trees, glittering rivers, green and white mountains. You can explore the mountain top a little too. In the winter this is a very active skiing area, and there are other attractions such as the Seven Glaciers Restaurant and the Roundhouse museum.
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1000 Arlberg Ave, Girdwood, AK 99587, USA
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Though the mountain is popular enough in the summer thanks to the viewing platforms and the restaurants on top, the real fun begins when ski season stats at the end of November.
With over 669 inches of snow falls annually and 76 named trails, the mountain is Alaska’s largest ski center .Most of the ski trails and routes here are quite tough, for intermediate and advanced skiers. There is a very small area for novice skiers. The center is famous for having the longest-continuous double black diamond ski run in North America.
The resort itself is at the foot of the mountain, but you can climb up via hike or tram in the summer, and also six chairlifts and two Magic Carpets in the winter.
Chair 1 and the tram: three-quarters of the way up the mountain, where there is a museum, cafeteria and upscale restaurant. This is also the location of the Ski Patrol rescue and safety operation.
Chair 6 goes almost all the way up. You have to hike to the absolute top.
The Roundhouse Museum used to be the old upper terminus of the chairlift. Today it serves as a visitor center, explores the history of the valley through various exhibits and organises events.
Hiking trails in the area starting from near the resort:
Winner Creek Trail: Begins at the base of the aerial tram. Passes a river gorge.
Upper Winner Creek Trail: A rough trail branching off from Winner Creek trail that leads to outstanding views.
North Face Trail: Steep 2.2 mile trail that climbs over 2000 feet of the ski area.
Upper Tram Terminal Trails and South Bowl Trails: Quite challenging.
In the summer the Alyeska Bike Park, a lift-access downhill cycling track, opens up. Meant for anyone over 8 years old, it has a number of fun trails.
The resort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Anchorage, Alaska.
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32750 Eagle River Rd, Eagle River, AK 99577
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Eagles river is a 40 miles long stream heading out from Eagles glacier. The Eagle River Nature Center near the river aims to raise environmental awareness as well as help people have fun in the surrounding outdoors. There are four major trails in the area; Rodak Nature Trail (three quarters of a mile), Albert Loop Trail (3 miles), Dew Mound Trail (upto 6 miles), Historic Iditarod (a 25 mile long trail with nearly every kind of Alaskan landscape imaginable). The trails are always open.
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Winner Creek Trail Girdwood, AK 99587
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is one of the most beautiful river hikes you’ll ever take in your life. The trail’s beauty is nearly mystic. White and blue water, icy cold, is forced violently through a narrow gorge at times only 15 meters wide.
To get there, start behind Hotel Alyeska and walk the trail until you’re going the continent’s northernmost rain forest. You’ll eventually see the gorge, and cross the bridge over to the other side, the river thundering below. Less than five minutes later, you get to the Hand Tram, a metal cage ropeway traversing over Glacier Creek. Even if you’re not scared of heights this is incredibly thrilling, a hundred feet over a frothing river. Crow Creek Road is next, and so is the Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine. If you head back at this point, it will have a more than two hours round trip.
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605 W 4th Ave #105, Anchorage, AK 99501, United States
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
This place is almost a museum of sorts. Run by National Park Rangers, the center educates visitors on how to get the most out of Alaska’s outdoors experiences while maintaining the environment. To this end they provide every resource imaginable - cultural and historical exhibits, trip planning assistance, and advice on camping safety. The center also provides some of the passes necessary to enjoy Alaska. If they can’t provide the passes, they will direct you to the agencies that can. All things considered, this is a really convenient center.
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Moose Hollow, Anchorage, AK 99501
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is clearly a tourist trap but it is a good one. Besides, it is aimed as much as the residents of Anchorage as visitors to the city. On summer weekends 300 vendors from around Anchorage set up stalls over the 7 acre lot known as Lower Bowl. They sell everything from the freshest of local produce, second hand souvenirs galore, and exotic imports from every country around the world. The whole idea is to create an atmosphere of fun and carnivals in the city where the buildings are too widely spread out end you can't feed the crowd most of the times. The market has been going on for 25 years now and it gets better every year.
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625 C Street, Anchorage, AK 99501
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Alaska’s largest museum was opened in 1968 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alaska purchase. Since then, it has expanded its permanent collection to about 25,000 historic objects, half a million photographs, and a library which undisputedly one of the richest sources of Alaskan heritage in the world.
The museums’ temporary exhibits underline Alaska’s remoteness from the world; they all seem to be about getting the people here to connect with the culture outside. However, the main attractions are still the permanent exhibits, which are:
The Alaska Gallery: A thousand objects covering Alaska’s history and ethnology; including dioramas of Native American camps, gold mining camps, Russian settlers and statehood.
The Art of The North: 7 galleries covering landscapes, works from early Alaskan expeditions, and including an entire gallery of Sydney Laurence works (a man who’d undeniably the greatest artist Alaska has ever produced).
And with 9000 sq feet and 80 exhibits, about 20 of which were made specifically for the Imaginarium, it’s safe to say that even Alaska’s got a thriving science centre. And what a centre it is! Located within the Anchorage Museum, but separate from it, the exhibits include:
BP Kinetic Space: Energy, force and motion.
Bubble Space: Surface tension, shape and light reflection.
TOTE Kid Space: Safe and hands on art, history and science for younger than 5 years of age.
Earth and Life Science: Geology, Geography and Zoology.
The New Thomas Planetarium: It is a great 3D and surround sound theatre and shows movies about the solar system and astronomy in general.
It’s all so stylish, attractive, educational and interactive; you’ll love seeing your child’s wonder come alive in this space.
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4535 Enstrom Cir Anchorage, AK 99502
12:01 am - 12:00 am
This is where the Aerials doors off Anchorage and Alaska around this region usually take off from. Receiving nearly 200 flights every day this is the world's biggest and busiest seaplane base. It is owned and operated by the state government. There are 3 water landing areas for see planes and one gravel runway for land landings. The base even works during the winter, when the water has frozen over, for planes equipped with ski landing gear. The only real activity for you to do here is to walk around the Lake Hood and Lake Spenard area while watching planes come in. It's quite a nice way to relax. And you get a lot of photographs.
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8800 Heritage Center Drive, Anchorage, AK 99504, United States
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
This is essentially a cultural and educational venture designed to teach Alaskans and tourists alike what it is like to be a Native American in Alaska. The facility is 10 miles from downtown anchorage, and covers 26 forested acres. Visitors are treated to a tightly scheduled whirlwind of activity, flawlessly executed each and every time – these are the Introduction, the Dance, the Storytelling and the Games. The main facilities include:
Theatre: This is where the introduction happens.
The Gathering Place: The dancing and storytelling happens here.
The Hall of Cultures: You learn about Athabaskan people, Eyak people, Tlingit people, Haida people, Tsimshian people, Unangax people (Aleut), Alutiiq people, Yup'ik, Cup'ik, Siberian Yupik, and Inupiaq. Craft activities for children included.
Outside, you can walk among life sized Native American dwellings around the spectacular Lake Tiulana. Make sure to take photographs at the Inupiaq site.
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Portage Lake Loop, Girdwood, AK 99587
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Located on the northwest edge of Portage Lake, this Visitor Center he's quite popular with Alaskan to rest. It gives you an in-depth insight into the Chugach National Forest and Prince William Sound. The exhibits are incredibly immersive, with light and sound and wind effects, as you go through the various dioramas. Inside a movie theatre you get to watch the acclaimed documentary Voices from the Ice. This is also the place for you to arrange the cruise tour of Portage Lake to take you up to the glacier.