Mile 48 Seward Highway. Portage Glacier Village Center open Memorial Day to Labor Day. The jewel of the 8,600 acre Portage Valley is majestic Portage Glacier, which you’ll see across a lake of bobbing icebergs. The valley is rich in wildlife–there’s moose and beaver and from mid-August through September, you’ll find salmon spawning in Williwa Creek. Stay at one of the three campgrounds.
Mile 7, O'Malley Road. A zoo housing many animals native to Alaska and a sanctuary for orphaned and injured wild animals and birds. Open year-round: Winter 10:00 a.m. to dusk, closed Tuesdays. Summer 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission charge. 907-346-2133 / 907-346-3242.
Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Museum
121 W. 7th Avenue. Winter: Sunday noon to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Summer: Every day 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rare artifacts from early Native, Russian and Gold Rush days. They exhibit two permanent displays on the history of Anchorage and Alaska Native Culture, along with a monthly art display of national significance. 907-343-4326.
625 C Street, 907-929-9201 and 907-929-9200. Experience the vision, spirit and culture of Alaska through creative expression in all forms. Learn the stories of discovery, hope and survival through a range of resources dedicated to the story of Alaska. Explore the wonders of our natural world through stimulating and hands-on facilities.
Alaska Botanical Garden
Benny Benson School, Campbell Airstrip Road, 907-770-3692 and 907-562-7010. Perennial gardens, nature trails, gift shop. Retail nursery, self-guided tour maps, garden fair, docent tours daily 1 pm or by appointment.
Alaska Museum of Natural History
201 North Bragaw Street, 907-274-2400. Alaska dinosaurs, fossils, rocks and artifacts.
Science Discovery Center 625 C Street, 907-276-3179. Hands-on science center for children and families. Science demos and exhibits, marine touch tanks, bubble lab, reptiles, planetarium, flight, activity lab, birthday parties, science store and more.,
Alyeska Ski Resort
Seward Highway south to Girdwood, left on Alyeska Highway to resort. Tram operates year-round.
Anchor River State Recreation Area and Site
Miles 157-162 Sterling Highway. 300 acres of camping units, picnic facilities, trails and fishing.
Arctic Valley East on Glenn Highway to Mile 5, Arctic Valley exit. High in the Chugach Mountains, you can expect spectacular views of Anchorage against Alaska Range.
Captain Cook State Recreation Area
Miles 27.5-29 N. Kenai Road. 3,620 acres. 907-283-7989
Chugach State Park
Chugach State Park 781 square miles of park. A good place to hike, ski, pick berries or camp. Ranger-guided hikes are offered during the summer. Call the Eagle River Visitor Center at 907-694-2108. The center is located at Mile 13 Eagle River Road. Access to the park is available via Eklutna Lake Road, Arctic Valley Road, Upper Huffman Road, DeArmoun Road, McHugh Creek Wayside and Bird Creek. 907-345-5014
Clam Gulch State Recreation Area
Clam Gulch State Recreation Area Mile 117 Sterling Highway. Picnic and hiking, fishing, access to clamming beaches.
Columbia Glacier: Prince William Sound This 300 foot high glacier is one of the largest in Alaska. Accessible by air, boat, or cruise ships.
Crow Creek Gold Mine
Crow Creek Gold Mine Two miles up Alyeska Highway in Girdwood. Turn on Crow Creek Road. The buildings are in productive operation and today you can still pan for gold.
Delaney Park (Park Strip)
Delaney Park (Park Strip) From A to P streets between 9th and 10th. Originally a firebreak for the Anchorage townsite and the city's first airfield, today you can use the park's ball fields plus basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. You'll also find a rose garden, a locomotive playground, the Veteran's Memorial and a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
West-end of Northern Lights Boulevard in Anchorage. See close-up dramatic testimony to the force of the 1964 earthquake, backdropped by a panoramic view of Anchorage, Mt. McKinley, and Mt. Foraker.
Flattop Mountain is the most climbed mountain in the state. It’s a very popular location for hiking, climbing, berry picking, parasailing and back country skiing.
Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Area and State Park
Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Area and State Park Across Kachemak Bay from Homer. Access is by boat. Small campground and hiking trails
Kenai Fjords Nations Park
At the base of Harding Ice Field, a few hours from Seward by boat in Resurrection Bay. Bird Rookeries and marine animals.
Kenai National Moose Range
1104 Mission Avenue, Kenai. Gold rush heirlooms and Russian icons. One of the oldest Russian Orthodox churches is here and the remains of Russian Fort Kenay. Summer: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Sunday. Closed for winter on Labor Day.
Off 19th Avenue between Arctic Boulevard and Spenard Road. A trail set up by Anchorage Parks and Recreation. Facilities for handicapped people. 907-264-4335
Ninilchik State Recreation Area
Mile 135.4 Sterling Highway. Popular for halibut and salmon, plus clamming. A Russian Orthodox Church built in 1900 overlooks the community. Fifteen unit campground.
Alaska Native Heritage Center & Shops
8800 Heritage Center Drive, 907-330-8000. Alaska's premier Alaska Native cultural center. The Center shares the heritage of Alaska's 11 major cultures. Visitors experience Alaska Native cultures first-hand through stories, dance and more.
Located at 3rd Avenue and “L” Street. Stand beneath a life-sized statue of Capt. James Cook and look over Cook Inlet, where he anchored in 1778. View Mt. Susitna, called the “Sleeping Lady” and the entire Alaska Range. Beluga whales can often be spotted from this vantage point in spring and fall.
Stariski State Recreation Site
Mile 151 Sterling Highway. 12-unit campground near Anchor Point on a bluff overlooking Cook Inlet. Whale watching site.
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail
Western End of 2nd Avenue. For downtown visitors, this is the start of a magnificent paved bike, ski and walking trail. It travels along the coastline 11 miles (17.6km) to Kincaid Park and offers panoramic view of mountains and ocean.
Town Square Municipal Park
East side of performing arts center. More than 13,000 granite bricks make up its walkways, each features a unique message or the name of its contributor. In summer, the park comes alive with colorful flowers. In winter, during the International Ice Carving Competition in March, it features the amazing works of world-renowned ice sculptors. Across E Street is a giant whale mural by environmental artist, Wylund.and offers panoramic view of mountains and ocean.
4th Avenue Theatre
630 W. 4th Avenue. This Art Deco-style landmark first opened in 1947, survived the 1964 earthquake, and was completely refurbished in 1992. Today you'll find shops and the theatre's original floor-to-ceiling bronze murals.
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
621 W. 6th Avenue between “F” and “G” Streets. It is one of only 22 major multi-theater performing arts centers in the country. The center’s lobbies are decorated with Alaskan art, including 23 Native masks. Tour available during the summer; Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. Donations suggested. 907-263-2900
Lake Hood Air Harbor
Located near Anchorage International Airport. World’s largest floatplane base. 907-243-8905
Located between 6th Avenue (Glenn Highway) and 15th Avenue. Bush pilots from throughout Alaska help make this one of the nation’s busiest airports.
Old Federal Building
4th Avenue between “F” and “G” Streets. Built in the 1930’s and on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Scheduled to be the location of a new Federal/State Lands Information Center.
Oscar Anderson House
420 “M” Street (5th and “M”). First wood frame house ever completed in Anchorage. Has been restored to original 1915 condition. May through September: Wednesday through Sunday 1:00 p.m. to
4:00 p.m. October through April: Appointment only. 907-274-2336
3rd Avenue and Eagle Street. The first schoolhouse in Anchorage. The surrounding Crawford Park is the location of several early day log cabins
Railroad Station Engine No. 1
419 W. 1st Avenue. Restored Engine No. 1, built in 1907 for the Panama Canal Railroad.
Whitney Road. In 1915, the U.S. Government announced its decision to build the Alaska Railroad. Almost overnight, a tent city appeared at Ship Creek; its residents named it Anchorage.
St. Innocent's Russian Orthodox Church
6724 E. 4th Avenue, Anchorage. Some of Alaska’s Russian heritage may be viewed in these two churches. 907-333-9723
St. Nicholas of Myra Rectory Byzantine Rite
2200 Arctic Boulevard, Anchorage. Some of Alaska’s Russian heritage may be viewed in these two churches. They appreciate advance notice; please call before visiting. 907-277-6731
9th Avenue and “E” Street. See one of the last steam locomotives to serve the Alaska Railroad. Built for the Army during World War II, then retired during the 1950’s.
William A. Egan and Convention Center
555 W. 5th Avenue, between “E” and “F” Streets. The state’s largest meeting facility. The center hosts trade shows, conventions and special events. The lobby features interesting artistic works and is named after Alaska’s first governor.