Anchorage is full of fun, exciting, and free things to do all year long. Since Anchorage was settled in 1914, the city has grown up, and now it’s home to nearly 300,000 people. A visit to Anchorage is a highlight of any trip to Alaska and here are 15 ideas for having a fantastic time while saving your precious travel dollars.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
A coastal walking and biking trail trims 11 miles of the Anchorage shoreline, heading southwest from downtown. The route starts near the city’s oldest home, Oscar Anderson House, and continues to the somber setting of Earthquake Park – where information panels describe how the 1964 earthquake swallowed stretches of shoreline. Along the rest of this popular route, wildlife sightings often include moose and beluga whales. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail ends at the large Kincaid Park, with panoramic mountain views.
Rust’s flying service
Rust’s has been in business since 1963 giving sightseeing seaplane tours to Denali National Park, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, and over various surrounding glaciers. It has become a bit of an institution in this part of the country. The planes also take visitors to remote Alaska fishing lodges or on wildlife viewing treks to see bears.For anyone harboring the romantic idea of flying around Alaska in a bush plane, this will surely fulfill that dream. The planes include Cessnas, Beavers, and Turbine Otter seaplanes on floats, and the experience is as much about the flight as the sightseeing.
Alaska native heritage centre
The Alaska Native Heritage Center explores the cultures of the 11 indigenous groups. Six traditional dwellings surround the small Lake Tiulana, with each demonstration village displaying artifacts and offering various experiences. Visitors can take in cultural dances, games, and artist demonstrations, with knowledgeable guides providing details and answering questions. The center also looks at modern times and some of the changes and challenges communities face.
Alaska rail road
Anchorage began in the early 20th century as a tent town to support construction of the Alaska Railroad. After President Warren G. Harding drove the Golden Spike into the ground in 1923, the railroad endured a legacy tied to World War II efforts, colossal earthquakes, and a tumultuous economy. Today, the Alaska Railroad is owned by the state and offers dozens of passenger services and event trains while accommodating more than half a million travelers each year.
Taste of Anchorage
Fish and Chips
Not just limited to England and other Commonwealth countries, fish and chips (actually fries) is a great way to enjoy the local seafood in Alaska. Usually made with cod, fish and chips are perfect for a bayside lunch, or as an appetizer before indulging in even more seafood. Up and down the Alaskan coast, boardwalk shops serve up crispy, golden, flaky fish with crunchy french fries to satiate hungry visitors. Grab a basket of fish and chips on your lunch break and savor a local favorite..