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Best Things To Do in Anchorage

Proximity to the great outdoors is the most obvious reason to visit Anchorage. The city is just a short drive from major hiking spots, ski areas and national parks, so stretch your legs along the popular Tony Knowles Coastal Trail or cast your line for dinner at salmon-swamped Ship Creek. Don't be too quick to head out of town; Anchorage hosts numerous fascinating and family-friendly attractions. If you're an avid museum-goer, make some time for the Alaska Aviation Museum or, if you've got little ones in tow, the Alaska Native Heritage Center is home to interactive exhibits that spotlight Alaska's history and culture.

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#1
Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For a family-friendly outdoor excursion, grab your camera and hit the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. Winding its way from the ... read more»

#2
Anchorage Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For a thorough introduction to everything Alaska, head to the Anchorage Museum (also known as the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson ... read more»

#3
Alaska Native Heritage Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: What makes Alaska truly unique are the cultures that thrive there. For example, you can learn all about the Last ... read more»

#4
Kincaid Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Kincaid Park is the perfect place for when you need an escape from city life without having to actually leave ... read more»

#5
Oscar Anderson House Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: When it was first founded, the city of Anchorage was just a jumble of tents. That is, until Oscar Anderson ... read more»

#6
Chugach State Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located about 18 miles east of downtown, this sprawling state park is the third largest in the country, clocking in ... read more»

#7
Alaska Aviation Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Aviation has played a major role in Alaska's development -- before there was a significant network of paved roads or ... read more»

#8
Alaska Railroad
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In a city that was born from the need for transportation, it should come as no surprise that Anchorage's ... read more»

#9
Alaska Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If the thought of running into some of Alaska's four-legged friends in their natural habitat makes you nervous, visit ... read more»

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